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Hyoscyamine

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Anaspaz®;ED-SPAZ;HyoMax® -SR;HyoMax®-SL;HyoMaxT-DT;HyoMaxT-FT;Hyosyne;Levbid®;Levsin®;Levsin®/SL;NuLev®;Oscimin;Symax® DuoTab;Symax® FasTab;Symax® SL;Symax® SR
    • Brand Names: Canada: Levsin®

    Uses
    • It is used to help motion sickness.
    • It is used to slow the speed in the stomach and GI (gastrointestinal) tract.
    • It is used to treat loose stools (diarrhea).
    • It is used to treat GI (gastrointestinal) ulcers.
    • It is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome.
    • It is used to treat muscle spasms of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, gallbladder system, or urinary system.
    • It is used to treat Parkinson's disease.
    • It is used to treat side effects caused by drugs that are used for mood.
    • Hyoscyamine lowers acid secretion in the stomach.
    • It slows movement in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract and urinary tract, lowering the number of spasms.
    • It helps keep chemical balance in the brain.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Oral:
    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • If you are taking this drug for irritable bowel syndrome or spasms of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, take 30 to 60 minutes before meals.
    • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
    • There is a liquid (elixir, solution) if you cannot swallow pills.
    • Those who have feeding tubes may also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.
    • Long-acting products:
    • Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • Oral-disintegrating tablet:
    • Place on the tongue and let melt.
    • Do not swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • Under the tongue (sublingual) tablet:
    • Place under tongue and let melt all the way. Do not chew, suck or swallow tablet.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into a muscle, vein, or into the fatty part of the skin.

    Missed Dose

    • Oral:
    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Oral:
    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect capsules and tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • Shot:
    • The shot will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to hyoscyamine or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block, enlarged colon, glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, slow-moving GI (gastrointestinal) tract, ulcerative colitis, or trouble passing urine.

    Precautions

    • If you are a man with problems passing urine, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have PKU, talk with your doctor. Some products have phenylalanine.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Avoid beer, wine, mixed drinks, or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
    • You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
    • Be careful in hot weather. Drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, working out, or adding fiber to your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about a stool softener or laxative.
    • Dry mouth. Good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. See a dentist often.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Very loose stools (diarrhea), even after drug is stopped.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Not able to pass urine.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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