What should seniors know before taking propantheline?

Before taking propantheline (Pro-Banthine), a drug prescribed along with other medicines to treat peptic ulcers, seniors should know that they may be at increased risk of side effects from the medication, compared to younger people who take it. If you're 65 or older, other medicines that treat peptic ulcers may be more appropriate for you. If your doctor does prescribe propantheline for you, be sure to contact him or her if you experience any of the following symptoms; call immediately if you experience any of the first four side effects:
  • 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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