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Bentyl Capsules and Tablets

Pronunciation

Generic Name: Dicyclomine Capsules and Tablets (dye SYE kloe meen)
Brand Name: Bentyl, Triactin

Uses of Bentyl:

  • It is used to treat GI (gastrointestinal) spasms.
  • It is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Bentyl?

For all patients taking Bentyl (dicyclomine capsules and tablets):

  • If you have an allergy to dicyclomine or any other part of this medicine.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block, heart problems due to bleeding, glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, reflux esophagitis, slow moving GI (gastrointestinal tract), trouble passing urine, or very bad ulcerative colitis.
  • If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take Bentyl.

Children:

  • If your child is younger than 6 months of age. Do not give this medicine to an infant younger than 6 months of age.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Bentyl.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Bentyl?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Bentyl. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects you.
  • Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
  • Wear sunglasses. Sunlight may bother your eyes.
  • Be careful in hot weather or while being active. Drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.
  • Do not take antacids at the same time as Bentyl. Talk with your doctor.
  • If you are taking digoxin, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while you are taking it with this medicine.
  • If you are 65 or older, use Bentyl with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.

How is this medicine (Bentyl) best taken?

Use Bentyl as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
  • Take with or without food.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Keep taking this medicine as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Fever.
  • Not sweating during activities or in warm temperatures.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Change in speech.
  • Trouble swallowing or speaking.
  • Change in balance.
  • Change in eyesight.
  • Larger pupils.
  • If bright lights bother your eyes.
  • Trouble passing urine.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Very hard stools (constipation).
  • Fast or slow heartbeat.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
  • Memory problems or loss.
  • Mood changes.

What are some other side effects of Bentyl?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Dizziness.
  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Blurred eyesight.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Feeling nervous and excitable.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Dry mouth.
  • More thirst.
  • Dry skin.
  • Flushing.
  • Not able to sleep.
  • Hard stools (constipation).

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Bentyl?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Bentyl (dicyclomine capsules and tablets), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. 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 Bentyl. 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 the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Bentyl.

Review Date: September 6, 2017

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