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What should I know about Robinul before taking it?

Before you take Robinul, a prescription medication used to treat peptic ulcers, you should know whether you are allergic to glycopyrrolate, the drug's active ingredient. You should talk to your doctor before taking Robinul if you have or have ever had:
  • glaucoma
  • a nervous system disorder
  • prostate, liver, kidney or heart problems
  • irregular or rapid heartbeats
  • myasthenia gravis
  • overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
  • high blood pressure
  • gastrointestinal disease, ulcerative colitis or other bowel or stomach problems
Also, if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, you should tell your doctor before taking Robinul. You should know that Robinul may cause drowsiness or blurred vision; if you experience this side effect, you shouldn't drive or operate machinery. Robinul also reduces the body's ability to cool by perspiring. When you're on this drug, you need to be particularly careful to avoid overheating if the temperature rises.

If you're a senior, you should know that you're more vulnerable to side effects from all drugs of this type, known as anticholinergics. Be sure to report any side effects to your doctor.

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