Antispasmodic

What is the most important information I should know about Antispasmodic?

· Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Antispasmodic may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. If you experience dizziness, drowsiness or blurred vision, avoid these activities.

· Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking Antispasmodic.

· Avoid becoming overheated in hot weather. Antispasmodic increases the risk of heat stroke because it decreases sweating.

 

What is Antispasmodic?

· Phenobarbital is in a class of drugs called barbiturates. Phenobarbital depresses the activity of your brain and nervous system, causing relaxation.

· Belladonna alkaloids produce many effects in the body, including relief from spasms of the gastrointestinal tract (stomach and intestines), the bladder, and the biliary tract. This is helpful in controlling conditions such as colitis, spastic bladder, diverticulitis, infant colic, renal and biliary colic, peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, splenic flexure syndrome, and pancreatitis.

· Belladonna alkaloids also reduce the secretions of many organs, thereby helping to control conditions such as excessive stomach acid production, excessive secretion from the pancreas, and the excessive sweating and drooling associated with diseases like Parkinson's disease.

· The combination, Antispasmodic, is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, inflammation of the intestine, and ulcers in the intestine.

· Antispasmodic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

 

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Antispasmodic?

· Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have     ·liver disease;     ·kidney disease;     ·a blockage of your urinary tract (difficulty urinating);     ·a blockage in your intestines or ulcerative colitis;     ·glaucoma;     ·porphyria;     ·myasthenia gravis;     ·numbness or tingling in your hands or feet;     ·thyroid problems;     ·high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat, or any type of heart disease;     ·a hiatal hernia or reflux disease;     ·enlargement of the prostate; or     ·asthma, chronic lung disease, or allergies.

· You may not be able to take Antispasmodic, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

· Antispasmodic is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Antispasmodic will harm an unborn baby. Do not take Antispasmodic without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

· It is not known whether Antispasmodic passes into breast milk. Do not take Antispasmodic without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

 

How should I take Antispasmodic?

· Take Antispasmodic exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

· Take each dose with a full glass of water.

· Do not take more of this medication than is prescribed for you. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms are not being controlled.

· To ensure that you get a correct dose, measure the liquid form of Antispasmodic with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular tablespoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.

· Do not crush, chew, or open any extended-release formulations of this medication. Swallow them whole. They are specially formulated to release slowly in your body.

· Store Antispasmodic at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

· Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.

 

What happens if I overdose?

· Seek emergency medical attention.

· Symptoms of a Antispasmodic overdose include headache; nausea; vomiting; dry mouth; restlessness; flushing; difficulty swallowing; blurred vision; dilated pupils; hot, dry skin; dizziness; drowsiness; confusion; anxiety; seizures; weak pulse; and an irregular heartbeat.

 

What should I avoid while taking Antispasmodic?

· Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Antispasmodic may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. If you experience dizziness, drowsiness or blurred vision, avoid these activities.

· Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking Antispasmodic.

· Avoid becoming overheated in hot weather. Antispasmodic increases the risk of heat stroke because it decreases sweating.

 

What are the possible side effects of Antispasmodic?

· If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Antispasmodic and seek emergency medical attention:     ·an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);     ·an irregular or fast heart rate; or     ·eye pain.

· Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Antispasmodic and talk to your doctor if you experience     ·headache, dizziness, or lightheadedness;     ·drowsiness;     ·weakness or nervousness;     ·blurred vision, large pupils, dry eyes, or sensitivity of the eyes to bright light;     ·nausea, bloating, heartburn, or constipation;     ·changes in taste;     ·difficulty urinating;     ·rash or flushing;      ·decreased sweating; or     ·nasal congestion, stuffiness, or a dry mouth.

· Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

 

What other drugs will affect Antispasmodic?

· Phenobarbital may decrease the effects of warfarin (Coumadin), which could result in the formation of blood clots. You may need a larger dose of warfarin while taking Antispasmodic. Talk to your doctor before starting Antispasmodic if you are taking warfarin.

· Antispasmodic may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, and muscle relaxants. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine unless your doctor approves.

· Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Antispasmodic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

 

Where can I get more information?

· Your pharmacist has more information about Antispasmodic written for health professionals that you may read.