Generic Name: propantheline (proe-PAN-the-leen)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.
Propantheline is used for:
Treating stomach ulcers in combination with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Propantheline is an anticholinergic agent. It works by decreasing the motion of muscles in the stomach, intestines, and bladder. It also decreases the production of stomach acid.
Do NOT use propantheline if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in propantheline
- you have glaucoma, severe irritation of the esophagus or other serious problems with the esophagus (eg, esophageal achalasia); a blockage of the stomach, bowel, or bladder; bowel motility problems; severe bowel inflammation (eg, ulcerative colitis, megacolon); certain muscle problems (eg, myasthenia gravis); or heart problems with severe bleeding
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using propantheline:
Some medical conditions may interact with propantheline. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have nerve problems, prostate problems, heart or blood vessel problems (eg, irregular heartbeat, heart failure, coronary heart disease), hiatal hernia, diarrhea, fever, risk factors for glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, an overactive thyroid, high blood pressure, or difficulty urinating
- if you have been very ill or severely weakened
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with propantheline. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Antiarrhythmics (eg, disopyramide, quinidine), anticholinergics (eg, methscopolamine), antihistamines (eg, diphenhydramine), belladonna alkaloids (eg, hyoscyamine), corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), narcotics (eg, meperidine), phenothiazines (eg, thioridazine), tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline), or medicines for mental of mood problems because they may increase the actions and side effects of propantheline
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if propantheline may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use propantheline:
Use propantheline as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take propantheline 30 minutes before meals and at bedtime, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
- If you miss a dose of propantheline, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use propantheline.
Important safety information:
- Propantheline may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or lightheadedness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to propantheline. Using propantheline alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
- Propantheline will add to the effects of alcohol and other depressants (eg, sedatives, tranquilizers). Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions about which medicines are depressants.
- Do not become overheated in hot weather or during exercise or other activities because heatstroke may occur while you are taking propantheline.
- Drink plenty of fluids, maintain good oral hygiene, and suck on sugarless hard candy to relieve dry mouth.
- Propantheline may cause your eyes to become sensitive to sunlight. Wearing sunglasses might help.
- Use propantheline with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Use propantheline with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if propantheline can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using propantheline during pregnancy. It is unknown if propantheline is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are taking propantheline, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of propantheline:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Bloated feeling; blurred vision; clumsiness; constipation; decreased sweating; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; enlarged pupils; excitement; headache; nausea; nervousness; sleeplessness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); agitation; confusion; decreased sexual ability; diarrhea; difficulty focusing eyes; difficulty urinating; disorientation; exaggerated feeling of well-being; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; loss of coordination; loss of taste in mouth; memory loss; pounding in the chest; severe or persistent sleeplessness; speech changes; unusual weakness; vision changes; vomiting.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include difficulty breathing; difficulty swallowing; disorientation; enlarged pupils; excessive thirst; excitability; flushing; hot, dry skin; mental or mood changes; muscle weakness; rapid heartbeat with weak pulse; seizures; severe dry mouth; severe or persistent headache, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting.Proper storage of propantheline:
Store propantheline at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep propantheline out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about propantheline, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Propantheline is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take propantheline or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about propantheline. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to propantheline. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using propantheline.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.