Propantheline is used with other medication to treat ulcers. Propantheline is in a class of medications called anticholinergics. It works by slowing the movement of food through the stomach and intestines and decreasing the amount of acid made by the stomach.
Side Effects Of Propantheline
Propantheline may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- dry mouth
- increased sensitivity of your eyes to light
- difficulty sleeping
- loss of sense of taste
- upset stomach
- confusion (especially in the elderly)
- blurred vision
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- fast heartbeat
- heart palpitations
- eye pain
- difficulty urinating
- skin rash
Propantheline may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while you are taking propantheline.
Warnings & Precautions
Before taking propantheline:
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to propantheline, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in propantheline tablets. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: amantadine (Symmetrel), antihistamines, digoxin (Lanoxin), disopyramide (Norpace), glutethimide (Doriden), levodopa (Larodopa, Sinemet), meperidine (Demerol), extended-release potassium chloride tablets, quinidine (Quinaglute), tranquilizers, and medications for depression and Parkinson’s disease. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had colitis; glaucoma; an enlarged prostate gland; high blood pressure; an overactive thyroid gland; liver, heart, blood vessel, or kidney disease; myasthenia gravis; difficulty urinating; or asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or lung disease.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking propantheline, call your doctor.
- talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking propantheline if you are 65 years of age or older. Older adults should not usually take propantheline because it is not as safe or effective as other medications that can be used to treat the same condition.
- if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking propantheline.
- you should know that this medication may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
- ask your doctor about the safe use of alcohol while you are taking this medication. Alcohol can make the side effects of propantheline worse.
Propantheline comes as a tablet to take by mouth. Propantheline is usually taken four times a day, 30 minutes before meals and at bedtime. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take propantheline exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.