What is flavoxate?
Flavoxate reduces muscle spasms of the bladder and urinary tract.
Flavoxate is used to treat bladder symptoms such as painful urination, frequent or urgent urination, increased night-time urination, bladder pain, and incontinence (urine leakage). These bladder symptoms are often caused by overactive bladder, prostate enlargement, bladder infections, or irritation of the urethra.
Flavoxate will not treat a bladder infection. Infections must be treated with an antibiotic.
Flavoxate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Flavoxate side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Common side effects of flavoxate may include:
pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
confusion, nervousness; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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You should not use flavoxate if you have bleeding or a blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines), a bladder obstruction, or if you are unable to urinate.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use flavoxate if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines);
stomach or intestinal bleeding; or
bladder obstruction or if you are unable to urinate.
To make sure flavoxate is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
flavoxate is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether flavoxate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Flavoxate is not approved for use by anyone younger than 12 years old.
How should I take flavoxate?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Your doctor may occasionally change your flavoxate dose to make sure you get the best results.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.
If your doctor has also prescribed medicine to treat a bladder infection, use that medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics.
Store flavoxate at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking flavoxate?
flavoxate may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.
What other drugs will affect flavoxate?
Other drugs may interact with flavoxate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
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