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Tolterodine

INFORMATION

Uses

Tolterodine is used in the treatment of overactive urinary bladder (sudden urge to urinate and sometime even involuntary leakage of urine).

How it works

Tolterodine belongs to a class of medication called as anticholinergics. It acts by blocking the activity of chemical (acetylcholine) on muscles of urinary bladder, preventing their contraction.

Common side effects

Acne-like rash, Blurred vision, Chest pain, Constipation, Dizziness, Dry eye, Dry mouth, Difficulty in urination, Headache, Altered heart rate, Nasal congestion, Stomach upset

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Expert advice

  • Do not take this drug, If you are allergic to tolterodine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
  • Do not take tolterodine if you are unable to pass urine from the bladder (urinaryretention); glaucoma (increased pressure inside the eye that can cause visual problems); myasthenia gravis (weakness of muscles); severe inflammation of all or any part of gut (ulcerative colitis); suffer from sudden and severe dilatation of the colon (toxic megacolon).
  • Do not start or continue tolterodine if you have difficulties in passing urine due to obstruction in any part of the urinary tract; if you have obstruction in any part of the gut (e.g. pyloric stenosis); decreased bowel movements or suffer from severe constipation; or hernia.
  • Avoid taking tolterodine if you suffer from neurological disorders that affect your blood pressure, bowel or sexual function.
  • Tolterodine can cause dizziness,tiredness, affect sight and, therefore, caution has to be taken before operating an automobile or machinery or engaging in activities requiring mental alertness and coordination.

Frequently asked questions

Tolterodine

Q.Is tolterodine a diuretic?
No, Tolterodine belongs to a class of medication called as anticholinergics

Q.Is tolterodine same as Detrol?
Yes, tolterodine is the generic name and Detrol is the brand name

Q.Is tolterodine a generic drug?
Yes, tolterodine is the generic dru

Q.Is tolterodine a prodrug?
No, it is not a prodrug

Q.What is tolterodine l-tartrate?
Tolterodine belongs to a class of medication called as anticholinergics

Q.What is it used for?
It acts by blocking the activity of chemical (acetylcholine) on muscles of urinary bladder, preventing their contraction

Q.Does tolterodine cause weight gain?
No clinically observable effect on weight has been reported with the use of tolterodine.


Content on this page was last updated on 15 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)