GLYCOPYRROLATE (GLY koe PYE roe late) is used to treat the symptoms of stomach ulcers. It is given in combination with medications that help heal the ulcer.
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
Inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis
Irregular heartbeat or rhythm
Stomach or intestine problems
An unusual or allergic reaction to glycopyrrolate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medication?
Take this medication by mouth. Take it as directed on the prescription label. Keep taking it unless your care team tells you to stop.
Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medication?
Antihistamines for allergy, cough, and cold
Certain formulations of potassium chloride
Certain medicines for bladder problems like oxybutynin, tolterodine
Certain medicines for irregular heart beat like disopyramide, procainamide, lidocaine, mexiletine, flecainide, propafenone, quinidine
Certain medicines for Parkinson's disease like benztropine, trihexyphenidyl
Certain medicines for psychotic disorders
Certain medicines for seizures like phenobarbital, primidone
Certain medicines for stomach problems like dicyclomine, hyoscyamine
Certain medicines for travel sickness like scopolamine
TCAs, medicines for depression like amitriptyline, clomipramine, desipramine
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
Allergic reactions-skin rash or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
Fast, irregular heartbeat
Trouble passing urine
Unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
Facial flushing (redness)
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Visit your care team for regular checks on your progress. Tell your care team if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medication affects you. Do not sit or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
Alcohol may interfere with the effects of this medication. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Avoid extreme heat. This medication can cause you to sweat less than normal. Your body temperature could increase to dangerous levels, which may lead to heat stroke.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your care team if the problem does not go away or is severe.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Get rid of any unused medicine after the expiration date.
To get rid of medicines that are no longer needed or have expired:
Take the medicine to a medicine take-back program. Check with your pharmacy or law enforcement to find a location.
If you cannot return the medicine, check the label or package insert to see if the medicine should be thrown out in the garbage or flushed down the toilet. If you are not sure, ask your care team. If it is safe to put it in the trash, take the medicine out of the container. Mix the medicine with cat litter, dirt, coffee grounds, or other unwanted substance. Seal the mixture in a bag or container. Put it in the trash.
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