dicyclomine, Bentyl

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GENERIC NAME: dicyclomine

BRAND NAME: Bentyl

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Dicyclomine is a drug that is used for treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dicyclomine is in a class of drugs called anticholinergics. Anticholinergic drugs block the effects of acetylcholine, the chemical transmitter that nerves release in order to cause muscles to contract. They prevent contraction of muscles by blocking the acetylcholine receptors on the muscle cells. Anticholinergic drugs also have a direct relaxing effect on muscle. Dicyclomine is used to reduce contraction of the muscles in the intestines. Dicyclomine was approved by the FDA in 1950.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Dicyclomine is used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects include:

  • dry mouth,
  • blurred vision,
  • confusion,
  • agitation,
  • increased heart rate,
  • heart palpitations,
  • constipation,
  • difficulty urinating, and
  • seizures.

Other important side effects include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2015



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