Need some feed back on this medication, and the side effects for childern. Is it safe to give him this med.?
Dicyclomine or Bentyl by brand name is very commonly used in people who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It is an anti-spasmotic and anticholinergic drug. This means that it helps smooth muscle spasms (the gut is smooth muscle) and it dries secretions (mucus). Side effects can often sound scary but the thing to remember about them is that most people never have any of them or they are mild. The most common side effects with this medication are dry mouth (because it dries secretions), dizziness, blurred vision (again, since it dries secretions it also dries out the eyes which leads to blurred vision), nausea and tiredness and sometimes nervousness. Most of the other effects are rare and dont occur often but it is good to be aware that they could occur. I took this medication in my late teens and early 20's and I didnt experience any problems other than dry mouth. The Dr would not prescribe this medication if he didnt think that the benefits outweigh the risks. No Dr wants to harm your child and risk litigation. The Dr feels this is a medication that will help your child. Bottom line though is that you are the parent. If you dont feel you want to give your child this medication, you do not have to, but there was some reason you went to the ER to seek help for your child. you could either wait to see if he gets better on his own or you can consult his pediatrician if you trust them more than the ER doc or you can try the medication and see if your child has problems with it. If anything untoward happens you can always stop giving the medication. By age 12, as far as medications go, children are able to get the same dose as adults unless they are unusually small for their age.
- Dicyclomine Information for Consumers
- Dicyclomine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Dicyclomine (detailed)
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