Propantheline is used together with other medicines to treat stomach ulcer.
This medicine may also be used to treat urinary incontinence or loss of bladder control.
Take Propantheline exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Take it on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before a meal and at bedtime. Try to take it at the same time each day.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- stomach disorder e.g. obstruction of the stomach or bowels, inflammation of the bowels, dilated colon
- eye disorder e.g.increased pressure in the eyes, shallow anterior chamber (fluid-filled space inside the eye)
- bladder obstruction
- myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness disorder)
- heart problems following bleeding
as Propantheline may not be suitable for you.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- heart disease e.g. heart failure, rapid irregular heartbeat
- high blood pressure
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- hiatal hernia (part of the stomach bulges into the chest)
- overactive thyroid gland
- damage to the nerves that manage body functions
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
As Propantheline may reduce sweating, you may develop fever or heat stroke in hot weather, or when participating in activities such as exercising, taking hot baths or using the saunas. Discuss with your doctor if you frequently need to participate in such activities or you are required to work in a hot environment.
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Propantheline to a child or elderly person. Children and elderly people may be more sensitive to the side effects.
Propantheline may cause drowsiness, dizziness or visual disturbances. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert or need to see clearly.
Other side effects may include any of the following: headache, confusion, difficulty sleeping, dry mouth, loss of taste, inability to sweat, bloating, constipation, nausea, vomiting, and weakness.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- eye pain
- difficulty in passing urine
- difficulty in breathing
- swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat
- irregular heartbeat
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- medicines for moderate to severe pain e.g. nefopam, morphine
- medicines to treat depression e.g. fluoxetine, escitalopram
- medicines to treat fungal infections e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole
- medicines to treat mood disorder e.g. haloperidol, clozapine
- medicines to treat Parkinson’s disease (a brain disease that affects movement) e.g. memantine
- medicines for nausea or vomiting e.g. domperidone, metoclopramide
- medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease e.g. digoxin, isosorbide dinitrate
- medicines for diabetes e.g. metformin, insulin
- medicines for cold or allergy e.g. chlorpheniramine, hydroxyzine
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Propantheline.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from light.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.