Multiple sclerosis patients often have bladder disturbances such as an urgent need to urinate, frequent urination, an inability to completely empty the bladder, and sometimes incontinence. A urinary tract infection should always be excluded before starting any medication.
Propantheline is an antispasmodic/anticholinergic medicine used to relieve cramps or spasms of the stomach, intestines, and bladder. Propantheline is also used to manage neurogenic bladder symptoms to control urination. It reduces the effect of acetylcholine, a chemical released from nerves that stimulates muscles.
Propantheline tablets should be taken at least 30 minutes before meals. It is usually prescribed in one 15 mg tablet three times a day and two tablets at bedtime.
Some medicines, vitamins, minerals, and herbal products may interact with propantheline. Propantheline may also cause a reduction in perspiration, so patients should protect themselves from overheating or dehydration during exercise and in hot weather.
Side effects may include drowsiness, dizziness, headache, nervousness, nausea, vomiting, bloating, constipation, decreased sense of taste, dry mouth, stuffy nose, or insomnia.
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