Detrol LA and/or Equivalents
|Drug||Related Drug Names|
|Detrol LA 2mg and/or Equivalents||Detrol LA, SDZ-Tolterodine LA, Tolterodine LA|
|Detrol LA 4mg and/or Equivalents||Detrol LA, Detrusitol XL, SDZ-Tolterodine LA, Tolterodine LA, Tolterodine XL|
Detrol LA (tolterodine XL)
Detrol LA Description
Detrol LA is a medicinal drug that contains the chemical tolterodine. It is classified as an antimuscarinic drug and is used for the treatment of overactive bladders that exhibit symptoms such as urinary incontinence, frequency and urgency. Detrol LA is also effective in reducing muscle spasms of the bladder.
Detrol LA can be used for certain other medical conditions as well and it is available in 2 mg and 4 mg extended release capsules.
Tolterodine, the chemical contained within Detrol LA, has a lesser number of side effects than oxybutynin (another antimuscarinic drug) and acts on all types of muscarinic receptors.
Conditions Treated by Detrol LA
As already mentioned, Detrol LA is used in the treatment of overactive bladders that exhibit certain symptoms such as urinary urgency, incontinence and frequency. Detrol LA also proves to be effective in reducing spasms of the bladder muscles.
Detrol LA Dosage Information
a.) Typical Dosage Recommendations
It is extremely important that you take Detrol LA exactly as your doctor prescribes. Be very careful not to take smaller or bigger amounts or administer the drug for a longer time than recommended and explicitly adhere to the directions given on the prescription label. Your doctor may also decide to change your dose occasionally to ensure that you receive the maximum possible benefits from using the drug.
Usually, Detrol LA is taken with water once a day. Instead of breaking, chewing or crushing the controlled-release capsule, swallow it whole. Breaking the pill open can cause an excessive amount of the drug to be released in one go, destroy the prolonged effect of the drug and increase the onset of side effects.
Detrol LA should be taken regularly in order to maximize benefits. It is important that you take the drug at the same time each day. Be sure to inform your doctor if your condition fails to improve or on the contrary, worsens.
b.) Missing A Dose
If you end up missing a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If however you remember when it is close to the time for your next scheduled dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not however take any extra medication to make up for this missed dose.
If you overdose on Detrol LA, seek emergency medical attention as soon as possible. Some symptoms of overdosing include blurred vision, dryness in the mouth, rapid or irregular heartbeat, mood swings, mental changes, fainting and uncharacteristic excitement.
Detrol LA Warnings
Using Detrol LA can prove to be harmful if you happen to be suffering from certain medical conditions. You should avoid using Detrol LA if you have a blockage in the urinary tract (that is, have difficulty in urinating), a blockage in your digestive tract (that is, in your intestines or stomach) or if you are suffering from uncontrolled or untreated glaucoma of the narrow-angle type. You should also avoid Detrol LA if you are allergic to tolterodine (which is contained within Detrol LA).
Additionally, you need to consult a doctor or a pharmacist for dose adjustments or special tests to make sure it is safe for you to use Detrol LA if you suffer from the following:
- Kidney disease
- A family or personal history of suffering from ‘Long QT syndrome’
- Myasthenia gravis
- Liver disease
Also, Detrol LA has the tendency to impair your reflexes, reactions and thinking abilities. Hence, if you are using Detrol LA, it is imperative that you be especially careful while driving, using heavy machinery or doing anything else that needs you to be especially alert at all times. While being on Detrol LA, limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Detrol LA can also cause decreased sweating and thus it is important for you to avoid becoming overheated courtesy saunas, excessive exercise, hot weather or other physically strenuous activities. Failure to avoid these activities may combine with the decreased perspiration to cause heat strokes.
Detrol Side Effects
As with most other drugs, Detrol LA has a number of side effects. If you exhibit allergic reactions to Detrol such as hives, swelling of tongue, swelling of lips, inflammation of throat, swelling of face, appearance of rashes, excessive itching and difficulty in breathing, you should seek emergency medical help right away and consult your doctor immediately.
Serious side effects of using the drug include:
- Urinating less than normal
- Difficulty in urination
- Painful urination
- Inability to urinate
- Uneven or rapid heart rate
- Chest pain
- Xerophthalmia (eye disorder due to deficiency in Vitamin A)
- Signs of kidney infection
- Lower back pain
- Severe abdominal pain
Less serious side effects of Detrol LA may include
- Joint pain
- Blurred vision
- Dryness in the mouth
- Dry eyes
- Stomach upset or stomach pain
The above is not an exhaustive list of side effects and you may suffer from various others upon using Detrol LA. Whatever side effect takes hold, you should inform your doctor immediately. However, serious allergic reactions to Detrol LA are unlikely.
Possible Drug Interactions Detrol LA
Detrol LA can prove to be harmful if used concurrently with certain other drugs. Before using Detrol LA, make sure to tell your doctor about all other medication that you are on, especially the following:
- Zithromax (azithromycin)
- Biaxin (clarithromycin)
- dirithromycin (Dynabac)
- Erythromycin (E-Mycin, E.E.S., Erythrocin, Ery-Tab)
- pentamidine (NebuPent, Pentam)
- sparfloxacin (Zagam)
- Ketek (telithromycin)
- dofetillide (Tikosyn)
- procainamide (Pronestyl, Procan)
- amiodarone (Pacerone, Cordarone)
- disopyramid (Norpace)
- quinidine (Quinaglute, Cardioquin)
- sotalol (Betapace)
- Pentamidine (Pentam, NebuPent)
- Chloroquine (Arelan)
- Halofantrine (Halfan)
The above however is not an exhaustive list and there are other drugs which should not be used simultaneously with Detrol LA. Hence, it is extremely important that you inform your doctor about any and all medications that you happen to be using at the time of taking Detrol LA.
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.