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Pro-Banthine

Generic Name: propantheline (proe PAN the leen)
Brand Name: Pro-Banthine

Medically reviewed on December 15, 2017

The Pro-Banthine brand name has been discontinued in the U.S. If generic versions of this product have been approved by the FDA, there may be generic equivalents available.

What is Pro-Banthine?

Pro-Banthine reduces the secretions of certain organs in the body, such as the stomach.

Pro-Banthine is used to reduce stomach acid in people with stomach ulcers.

Pro-Banthine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not take this medication if you are allergic to Pro-Banthine, or if you have glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, a blockage in your stomach or intestines, severe ulcerative colitis, an enlarged prostate, or if you are unable to urinate.

Before taking Pro-Banthine, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, congestive heart failure, a heart rhythm disorder, high blood pressure, hiatal hernia, GERD, liver disease, or thyroid problems. .

Before using Pro-Banthine, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by this medicine.

Pro-Banthine slows the digestive tract, which can make it harder for your body to absorb any medicines you take by mouth. Tell your doctor if any of your oral medications do not seem to work as well while you are using this medicine.

There are many other medicines that can interact with Pro-Banthine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors.

Pro-Banthine can cause side effects that may impair your vision, thinking, or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of propantheline.

Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Pro-Banthine can decrease perspiration and you may be more prone to heat stroke.

Before taking this medicine

You should not take this medication if you are allergic to Pro-Banthine, or if you have:

  • a blockage in your stomach or intestines;

  • a bladder obstruction or if you are unable to urinate;

  • severe ulcerative colitis or toxic megacolon;

  • glaucoma; or

  • myasthenia gravis.

If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:

  • heart disease, congestive heart failure, or a heart rhythm disorder;

  • high blood pressure;

  • hiatal hernia or reflux esophagitis (GERD);

  • liver disease;

  • kidney disease;

  • thyroid problems; or

  • enlarged prostate.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby. Before using Pro-Banthine, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether propantheline passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of propantheline.

How should I take Pro-Banthine?

Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Take this medication with a full glass of water.

Pro-Banthine is usually taken three or four times a day, 30 minutes before meals and at bedtime. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Store Pro-Banthine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed 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.

Overdose symptoms may include feeling restless or excited, redness or tingling under your skin, confusion, unusual behavior, trouble breathing, feeling like you might pass out, muscle weakness, or paralysis.

What should I avoid while taking Pro-Banthine?

Pro-Banthine can cause side effects that may impair your vision, thinking, or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of propantheline.

Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Pro-Banthine can decrease perspiration and you may be more prone to heat stroke.

Pro-Banthine side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Pro-Banthine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats;

  • warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin;

  • hot, dry skin with no sweating;

  • eye pain or redness, seeing halos around lights;

  • blurred vision and increased sensitivity to light;

  • confusion, agitation, extreme fear, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior; or

  • urinating less than usual or not at all.

Less serious side effects may include:

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.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Pro-Banthine?

Before using Pro-Banthine, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by this medicine.

Pro-Banthine slows the digestive tract, which can make it harder for your body to absorb any medicines you take by mouth. Tell your doctor if any of your oral medications do not seem to work as well while you are using this medicine.

Many drugs can interact with Pro-Banthine. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with Pro-Banthine. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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