Urispas (Flavoxate) and/or Equivalents
- Side Effects
Urispas contains an anti-spasmodic flavoxate hydrochloride. It is an anticholinergic and shows direct antispasmodic action on smooth muscle fibres. Urispas is selective to the urinary tract. It also helps in decreasing related pain.
It acts by accumulating intracellular cAMP and blocking activity of calcium. It relaxes the smooth muscles inhibiting the bladder emptying contractions. It increases the bladder capacity and reduces the threshold and micturition pressure.
Urispas is used to alleviate the spasms of urinary tract which may be occurring due to inflammation of the prostate, urethra or urinary bladder. It can also be used to treat discomfort during urination, excessive urination at night and inability to control the flow of urine.
BEFORE YOU TAKE URISPAS
Do not take Urispas;
- If you are hypersensitive to flavoxate hydrochloride or to any other ingredient present in Urispas
- If due to some muscular problem of the oesophagus you are unable to swallow food.
- If you have or have had bowel lesions or bleeding
- If you suffer from or had previously suffered from blockage of abdomen, bowel or urinary tract
Urispas should not be taken by children below 12 yrs of age.
SPECIAL WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS WHILE USING URISPAS:
- Inform your doctor if you suffer from glaucoma or severe unrestrained blockage related disorders of the lower urinary tract.
- Inform your doctor if you are suffering from infection of the urinary tract as the doctor will have to prescribe an antibiotic concomitantly to overcome the infection.
- Talk to your doctor about any allergies that you have which may be related to the medicines or to any food products, cosmetics or dyes.
- No specific interactions of Urispas are well known with other drugs. Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medicine which may be a prescription drug or an OTC drug.
- You should not take alcohol or other CNS affecting drugs when taking Urispas.
- Avoid co administration of Urispas with acetaminophen, aspirin, caffeine, bisacodyl and buffered salts like potassium and sodium chloride and citrate.
- Sensitivity of eyes to sunlight may increase on taking Urispas. Use of sun glasses may be helpful.
- Urispas decreases perspiration and so can increase your body temperature. Therefore be extra careful while exercising or in hot weather as overheating may cause you to get heat stroke.
- Urispas also causes dry mouth or xerostomia so taking sugarless candy or gum is helpful. If xerostomia continues for more than two weeks, check with your doctor.
- Urispas contains lactose, so it should not be taken by you if you suffer from galactose intolerance or glucose-galactose malabsorption.
- Urispas should not be taken in pregnancy unless there is no safer alternative to it as the safety of the drug usage in pregnant woman has not been established.
- Also as it is not known whether Urispas is excreted in milk or not, therefore it is recommended to exercise restraint in prescribing Urispas during breast feeding.
- You should not drive a motor vehicle or operate machinery if you experience dizziness, distorted vision or unsteadiness.
HOW TO TAKE URISPAS:
It is recommended that Urispas should be taken exactly as suggested by your doctor. It may be taken with or without food but patients who get an upset stomach should preferably take Urispas with food or milk to decrease stomach discomfort.
If you consume too many Urispas tablets accidentally, immediately contact your doctor. Symptoms of over dosage include but are not limited to severe drowsiness, disorientation, redness of face, hallucinations, troubled breathing and fever.
In case you miss a dose, take the dose as soon as you remember or if it’s time for next dose, take the next dose at usual time. Do not under any circumstances take two doses together to make up for the dose you missed.
The active substance in Urispas is flavoxate hydrochloride. The inactive ingredients are Lactose, sodium starch glycollate, povidone, talc, magnesium stearate, cellulose microcrystalline, hypromellose, macrogol 6000, macrogol stearate, titanium dioxide.
Store Urispas away from the reach of children and keep it in the original packing to protect from light. Keep at a temperature below 30°C and protect from moisture.
Do not use Urispas after the last day of the month which is mentioned as expiry date on the packing label.
Dispose the unused expired medicine as recommended by your pharmacist.
All medicines may be a source of some side effects but not all reported side effects occur in everyone.
Some common side effects associated with Urispas are Xerostomia, drowsiness, giddiness, nausea, vertigo, apprehension, reduced perspiration, distorted vision and loss of taste.
Consult your doctor immediately if you experience severe allergic reactions manifested as itchy rashes and hives, swelling of the face or the tongue and lips, shortness of breath etc. Other severe side effects that can be caused by Urispas are diarrhea, excessive weakness causing difficulty in focusing of eyes, difficulty in passing urine, queasiness and increased heart rate.
In case you experience any other unusual effect apart from those listed above after taking Urispas, seek medical attention immediately.
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