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Active substance(s): TOLTERODINE L-TARTRATE

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Detrusitol® XL 4 mg

prolonged-release capsules, hard
(tolterodine tartrate)

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in
this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Your medicine is known as the above name but will be referred to as Detrusitol XL
throughout this leaflet.
In this leaflet:
1. What Detrusitol XL is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Detrusitol XL
3. How to take Detrusitol XL
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Detrusitol XL
6. Further information
1. What Detrusitol XL is and what it is used for
The active substance in Detrusitol XL is tolterodine. Tolterodine belongs to a class of
medicinal products called antimuscarinics.
Detrusitol XL is used for the treatment of the symptoms of overactive bladder
syndrome. If you have overactive bladder syndrome, you may find that:
• you are unable to control urination,
• you need to rush to the toilet with no advance warning and/or go to the toilet
2. Before you take Detrusitol XL
Do not take Detrusitol XL if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to tolterodine or any of the other ingredients in
Detrusitol XL
• are unable to pass urine from the bladder (urinary retention)
• have an uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma (high pressure in the eyes with loss
of eyesight that is not being adequately treated)
• suffer from myasthenia gravis (excessive weakness of the muscles)
• suffer from severe ulcerative colitis (ulceration and inflammation of the colon)
• suffer from a toxic megacolon (acute dilatation of the colon).
Take special care with Detrusitol XL
• If you have difficulties in passing urine and/or a poor stream of urine
• If you have a gastro-intestinal disease that affects the passage and/or digestion of
• If you suffer from kidney problems (renal insufficiency)
• If you have a liver condition
• If you suffer from neuronal disorders that affect your blood pressure, bowel or
sexual function (any neuropathy of the autonomic nervous system)
• If you have a hiatal hernia (herniation of an abdominal organ)
• If you ever experience decreased bowel movements or suffer from severe
constipation (decreased gastro-intestinal motility)
• If you have a heart condition such as:
• an abnormal heart tracing (ECG);
• a slow heart rate (bradycardia);
• relevant pre-existing cardiac diseases such as:
- cardiomyopathy (weak heart muscle)
- myocardial ischaemia (reduced blood flow to the heart)
- arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
- and heart failure
• If you have abnormally low levels of potassium (hypokalaemia), calcium
(hypocalcaemia) or magnesium (hypomagnesaemia) in your blood.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting your treatment with Detrusitol XL if
you think any of these might apply to you.
Taking other medicines
Tolterodine, the active substance of Detrusitol XL, may interact with other medicinal
It is not recommended to use tolterodine in combination with:
• some antibiotics (containing e.g. erythromycin, clarithromycin)
• medicinal products used for the treatment of fungal infections (containing e.g.
ketoconazole, itraconazole)
• medicinal products used for the treatment of HIV.
Detrusitol XL should be used with caution when taken in combination with:
• medicines that affect the passage of food (containing e.g. metoclopramide and
• medicines for the treatment of irregular heartbeat (containing e.g. amiodarone,
sotalol, quinidine, procainamide)
• other medicines with a similar mode of action to Detrusitol XL (antimuscarinic
properties) or medicines with an opposite mode of action to Detrusitol XL
(cholinergic properties). Ask your doctor if you are unsure.
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines,
including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Taking Detrusitol XL with food and drink
Detrusitol XL can be taken before, after or during a meal.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
You should not use Detrusitol XL when you are pregnant. Tell your doctor immediately
if you are pregnant, think you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant.
It is not known if tolterodine, the active substance of Detrusitol XL, is excreted in the
mother’s breast milk. Breast-feeding is not recommended during administration of
Detrusitol XL.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
Detrusitol XL may make you feel dizzy, tired or affect your sight; your ability to drive or
operate machinery may be affected.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Detrusitol XL
This medicine contains sucrose (a type of sugar). If you have been told by your doctor
that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this
medicine. Patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance,
glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency should not take
this medicine.
3. How to take Detrusitol XL
Always take Detrusitol XL exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The usual dose is one 4 mg prolonged-release capsule daily, except for patients who
have a kidney or a liver condition or troublesome side effects, in which case your
doctor may reduce your dose to 2 mg Detrusitol daily.
Detrusitol XL is not recommended for children.
The prolonged-release capsules are for oral use and should be swallowed whole. Do
not chew the capsules.
Duration of treatment
Your doctor will tell you how long your treatment with Detrusitol XL will last. Do not
stop treatment early because you do not see an immediate effect. Your bladder will
need some time to adapt. Finish the course of prolonged-release capsules prescribed
by your doctor. If you have not noticed any effect by then, talk to your doctor.
The benefit of the treatment should be re-evaluated after 2 or 3 months.
Always consult your doctor if you are thinking of stopping the treatment.
If you have taken more Detrusitol XL than you should
If you or somebody else takes too many prolonged-release capsules, contact your
doctor or pharmacist immediately.
If you forget to take Detrusitol XL
If you forget to take a dose at the usual time, take it as soon as you remember unless
it is almost time for your next dose. In that case, omit the forgotten dose and follow the
normal dose schedule.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten one.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Detrusitol XL can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
You should see your doctor immediately or go to the casualty department if you
experience symptoms of angioedema, such as;
• swollen face, tongue or pharynx
• difficulty to swallow
• hives and difficulty in breathing
You should also seek medical attention if you experience a hypersensitivity reaction
(for example itching, rash, hives, difficulty breathing). This occurs uncommonly
(occurs in less than 1 in 100 patients).
Tell your doctor immediately or got to the casualty department if you notice any of the
• chest pain, difficulty breathing or getting tired easily (even at rest), difficulty
breathing at night, swelling of the legs.
These may be symptoms of heart failure. This occurs uncommonly (occurs in less
than 1 in 100 patients).
The following side effects have been observed during treatment with Detrusitol XL
with the following frequencies.
Very common side effects (occurs in more than 1 in 10 patients) are:
• Dry mouth
Common side effects (occurs in less than 1 in 10 patients) are:
• Sinusitis
• Dizziness, sleepiness, headache
• Dry eyes, blurred vision
• Difficulty with digestion (dyspepsia), constipation, abdominal pain, excessive
amounts of air or gases in the stomach or the intestine
• Painful or difficult urination
• Tiredness
• Extra fluid in the body causing swelling (e.g. in the ankles)
• Diarrhoea

Uncommon side effects (occurs in less than 1 in 100 patients) are:
• Allergic reactions
• Nervousness
• Sensation of pins and needles in the fingers and toes
• Vertigo
• Palpitations, heart failure, irregular heartbeat
• Inability to empty the bladder
• Chest pain
• Memory impairment
Additional reactions reported include severe allergic reactions, confusion,
hallucinations, increased heart rate, flushed skin, heart burn, vomiting, angioedema
dry skin, and disorientation. There have also been reports of worsening symptoms of
dementia in patients being treated for dementia.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in
this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly
via the Yellow Card Scheme at: By reporting side
effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Detrusitol XL
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Detrusitol XL after the expiry date which is stated on the label/carton after
EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 30°C.
Keep the blister in the outer carton.
If your capsules become discoloured, or you notice any other signs of deterioration,
contact your pharmacist who will advise you on what to do.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help
to protect the environment.
6. Further information
What Detrusitol XL contains
Each capsule contains 4 mg tolterodine tartrate, equivalent to 2.74 mg tolterodine.
The other ingredients are:
Capsule contents: Sugar spheres (containing sucrose and maize starch),
hypromellose and Surelease E-7-19010 (containing ethylcellulose, medium chain
triglycerides and oleic acid).
Capsule shell: Gelatine and colourants.
Blue 4 mg prolonged-release capsule: Indigo carmine (E132) and titanium dioxide
Printing ink: Shellac glaze, titanium dioxide (E171), propylene glycol and simeticone.
What Detrusitol XL looks like and contents of the pack
Detrusitol XL is a hard prolonged-release capsule designed for once daily dosing.
Detrusitol XL 4 mg Prolonged-release capsules are blue and marked with white
printing (symbol and 4).
Detrusitol XL 4 mg Prolonged-release capsules are available in the following pack
Blister packs containing:
• 28 prolonged-release capsules
Pfizer Italia S.r.l., Località Marino del Tronto, 63100 Ascoli Piceno, Italy.

Procured from within the EU by the Product Licence Holder:
Expono Ltd, Cornwall Road, Smethwick, B66 2JT, UK.
Repackaged by:
N.G. Ltd, West Midlands, B66 2JT, UK.
PL 22961/0160 - Detrusitol® XL 4 mg Prolonged-release capsules, hard
Revision Date: 31.05.2016
Ref: 786
Detrusitol® is a registered trademark of Pfizer Health AB.


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