GENERIC NAME: PINAVERIUM - ORAL (pin-uh-VARE-ee-um)
USES: This medication is used to treat irritable bowel problems and certain other intestinal disorders.
HOW TO USE: By mouth, one to two tablets three times a day or as directed with a glass of water and with food. Do not take the tablet while lying down or just before bedtime. The length of treatment depends on the condition being treated.
SIDE EFFECTS: These are generally infrequent and fairly mild. Stomach pain or fullness, nausea, constipation or diarrhea, heartburn, headache, dry mouth, very infrequent drowsiness, dizziness and skin rash. If these persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this drug, tell your doctor your entire medical history, including: any allergies (especially drug allergies). Limit alcohol intake, as this may increase the drowsiness effect of this drug. Though drowsiness is very unlikely, caution is advised when performing tasks requiring mental alertness until you know the full effects of this medication. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include gas and diarrhea.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
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