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- What is dicyclomine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for dicyclomine?
- Is dicyclomine available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for dicyclomine?
- What are the side effects of dicyclomine?
- What is the dosage for dicyclomine?
- Is dicyclomine safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about dicyclomine?
What is dicyclomine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
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.
What brand names are available for dicyclomine?
Is dicyclomine available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for dicyclomine?
What are the side effects of dicyclomine?
Common side effects include:
- dry mouth,
- blurred vision,
- increased heart rate,
- heart palpitations,
- difficulty urinating, and
Other important side effects include:
- changes in taste perception,
- difficulty swallowing,
- headache, nervousness,
- difficulty falling asleep,
- bloating, and
- difficulty breathing.
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