Tolterodine is used in the treatment of Overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms. OAB is a collection of urinary symptoms, including frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination.
Urotel Products side effects
Side Effects of Urotel are Dryness in mouth, Constipation, Headache, Dizziness, Sleepiness, Blurred vision, Dry skin.
Q. How long does it take for Urotel to show its effect?
Your symptoms may start improving within 1 week of starting Urotel. Maximum benefits may be seen after 5-8 weeks of treatment. To maintain this improvement, your doctor may prescribe this medicine to you for a long term of up to 24 months.
Q. What class of drug is Urotel? Is it a diuretic?
Urotel belongs to a class of medicines known as muscarinic receptor blockers. Urotel is not a diuretic, it is a urinary antispasmodic. This means that it relaxes the urinary bladder, decreasing spasm of the bladder wall. This further provides better control upon the release of urine and also increases storage volume of the bladder.
Q. Can I just stop taking Urotel?
Urotel does not cure your condition but helps to control the symptoms of overactive bladder. Do not stop taking this medicine even if you feel better. Your doctor will reassess your condition at regular intervals, like 6 months, to understand the duration for which you need to take Urotel.
Q. Can I crush the tablets of Urotel and then take it?
No, do not crush or chew the tablets. Swallow the whole tablet with a glass of water. You can take it with or without food. Take it exactly as directed by your doctor.
Q. Can Urotel be used in children?
When studied in children, Urotel did not relieve the symptoms of overactive bladder. Therefore, its use in children is not recommended.
Q. Who should avoid taking Urotel?
Patients who have urinary retention (unable to pass urine), have delayed emptying of stomach or blocked intestinal tract (toxic megacolon, ulcerative colitis, pyloric stenosis) or uncontrolled high pressure in the eyes (narrow-angle glaucoma). It should also be avoided by patients who have any muscle disease which causes drooping eyelids, double vision, difficulty in speaking and swallowing, and sometimes muscle weakness in the arms or legs (myasthenia gravis). Patients who are hypersensitive to Tolterodine should avoid it as well.
Q. I am having constipation because of which I want to discontinue Urotel. Will I have any harmful effects?
No, discontinuing Urotel will not have any harmful effects, but the symptoms of overactive bladder may return. Talk to your doctor regarding constipation and you can stop the medicine if advised by the doctor.
Q. Does Urotel cause dementia?
It is unclear whether Urotel can cause dementia or not. However, according to some reports, when people with dementia were given Urotel, their symptoms (confusion, disorientation and delusion) became worse.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.