Discover Bentyl tablet information including uses, side effects. Leave reviews and learn how it affects your stomach pain in irritable bowel syndrome.
There's no doubt that for many people, this medication works really well and can be used in the long term if necessary (in the UK it is marketed under the name Merbentyl).
So let's look at it's how it works, the doses and much more...
This medications generic name is Dicyclomine, an antispasmodic drug which eases abdominal pain in irritable bowel syndrome. It is classed as an antimuscarinic drug as it has an effect on the neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, a chemical messenger that attaches to the acetylcholine receptor. These receptors are found on the membranes of nerve cells, preventing smooth muscle contraction in the GI tract as well as in other parts of the body including the cardiovascular system, urinary system and in the lungs as well.
It's uses include:
The adult dose depends on the preparation being used:
The dose is 20mg four times a day. This dose can be increased to 40mg four times a day if necessary, although side effects may limit this higher dose.
Bentyl tablets are 20 mg each
Discontinue if no response after 2 weeks
The other preparations are:
The dose is the same as the tablets at 20mg four times a day, increasing to 40 mg four times a day if necessary.
Capsules are 10 mg each
Comes as 10mg/5ml. The dose is 20mg or 2 x 5ml spoonfuls four times a day.
The dose of intramuscular injection is 10-20mg four times a day, but should only be used by a health professional when you are unable to take Bentyl tablets and should be limited to 24-48 hours.
Contraindications to taking this medication include:
Cautious use of this drug in:
It is thought to be safe to take in pregnancy if necessary. There are no specific clinical trials in pregnancy, but the drug has been used in pregnant women as appears safe under physician guidance.
This drug passes into human breast milk and is therefore contraindicated in breast feeding mothers.
Bentyl tablets (or Dicyclomine) is an excellent drug in some people with IBS. It is particularly helpful in gut spasms, but should be used with caution in some people as described before. For short term use, particularly if there is any anxiety, this drug can be very effective.
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