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How can I minimize the side effects of propantheline?

To minimize the side effects of propantheline (Pro-Banthine), a pill prescribed along with other medications to treat peptic ulcers (sores in the stomach and small intestine):
  • Take propantheline exactly as prescribed. Don't take more or less of it or take it more or less often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Don't drink alcohol when you take propantheline. Drinking alcohol may worsen the side effects of propantheline.
  • Make sure your doctor knows your complete medical history before you start taking propantheline, and let him or her know if you develop any new health problems while you're on the drug -- especially problems with your heart, blood vessels, kidney, liver or eyes. You should also give your doctor a list of all drugs and supplements you take. Don't start taking something new without checking with your doctor first.
You can also minimize the side effects of propantheline by calling your doctor when you first notice the following symptoms:
  • racing heartbeat or heart palpitations
  • eye pain
  • change in how often or how much you urinate
  • skin rash or itching
  • muscle weakness
  • dry mouth
  • dizziness
  • increased eye sensitivity to light
  • nervousness
  • trouble sleeping
  • loss of sense of taste
  • upset stomach, vomiting, bloating
  • constipation
  • mental confusion
  • blurred vision
  • impotence
  • headache

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.