Bentyl (Dicyclomine Syrup and Oral Solution)

Name: Bentyl (Dicyclomine Syrup and Oral Solution)

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 syrup and oral solution):

  • 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 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.
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