Bentil (dicyclomine) is a drug known as an anticholinergic . It is also an antispasmodic that prevents spasms of the muscles of the intestines and bladder by causing these muscles to relax. In addition, this drug also reduces the amount of acid that is produced in the stomach.
Bentil can be prescribed to treat conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) , diverticulosis , colic, and bladder spasms. Under the supervision of a doctor, Bentyl can be used safely for a long time.
Talk to your doctor about all the medications, supplements, and vitamins that you are currently taking. While some medications pose a lower risk of interaction, others may directly contraindicate their use or cause careful consideration of whether the benefits of treatment outweigh the disadvantages in your case.
Precautions and contraindications.
Tell your doctor if any of the following conditions are present or have been diagnosed in the past:
- Chronic heart failure
- Difficulty urinating
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Myasthenia gravis
- Enlarged prostate (BPH)
- Severe ulcerative colitis when stopping bowel movements
The FDA has classified Bentyl as a type B pregnancy drug. The effect that Bentil has on the fetus has not been widely studied. Bentil should be used during pregnancy only if absolutely necessary. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant while taking Bentyl.
Bentil should not be taken by people who are breastfeeding because Bentil passes into breast milk and may affect the nursing baby.
Children younger than 6 months of age can experience serious side effects with this drug. Bentil can also suppress breast milk production in breastfeeding people.
Bentil comes as a capsule, tablet, oral solution, and intramuscular injection. It is usually taken four times a day. The injection is used only temporarily, for a day or two .
For best results, Bentyl should be taken 30 minutes to 1 hour before meals. Bentyl is not known to interact with any products.
Bentil should not be taken at the same time as antacids such as Tooms, Rolaids, Gaviscon, Maalox, and Milanta, as they can reduce the effectiveness of Bentil.
Your healthcare professional will determine the required dose of Bentyl. Take this medicine exactly as it was prescribed for you. In some cases, the starting dose can be 10-20 milligrams (mg) up to four times a day.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If the next dose is to be taken soon, just take that dose. Do not take more than one half dose at a time.
Bentyl side effects
Serious side effects of Bentyl include mental changes such as confusion, short-term memory loss, hallucinations, or agitation. In most cases, these side effects resolve within 12 to 24 hours after the patient stops taking Bentil.
Some of the more common side effects include dry mouth, drowsiness, and dizziness. Bentil can also cause decreased sweating (which can contribute to heat stroke). Bentil causes impotence in some men who take it .
It is important to drink enough water while taking Bentyl, especially in hot weather or during exercise.
Bentil can cause constipation and patients should consume enough fiber and drink enough water to counteract this effect .
Warnings and interactions
Bentyl can interact with certain other medications. Tell your doctor if any of these medications are also prescribed for you:
- Symmetrel (amantadine)
- Antidepressants (Haldol, Elavil)
- Antihistamines (Benadryl)
- Heart rate regulators (Pronestil, quinidine)
- Tagamet (cimetidine)
- Lanoxin (digoxin)
- Raglan (metoclopramide)
- Monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors (nardil, parnat)
- Sedatives (Ambien, Dalman, Restoril)
- Thiazide diuretics (diazide, hydrochlorothiazide)
Alcoholic beverages should be avoided in people taking Bentyl, as the two together can have an increased sedative effect. Try to avoid drinking alcohol from unexpected sources, such as over-the-counter cough suppressants or cold remedies (such as Nyquil).
Frequently asked questions
Dicyclomine is the generic name for Bentyl.
Bentyl should be taken 30 minutes to an hour before meals to take effect before eating. However, always follow the instructions of your GP.
It is very rare for people who take Bentil to become addicted, but some studies have shown that people can become physically addicted. In one case, an 18-year-old woman had been taking dicyclomine for a year and a half without the knowledge of her doctor; Thanks to rehabilitation, he was able to stop taking the drug.