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Who should not take propantheline?

Among the people who shouldn't take propantheline (Pro-Banthine), a drug prescribed along with other medications to treat peptic ulcers, are:
  • anyone who's allergic to propantheline or to any ingredient in propantheline tablets
  • pregnant women, because doctors aren't sure how propantheline might affect a developing fetus
  • women who are breastfeeding. Propantheline may affect breast milk production, and it isn't known if this drug passes into breast milk. 
  • children. Propantheline hasn't been proved safe and effective for kids. 
  • peoples age 65 and older. Seniors may be at greater risk for side effects from propantheline than younger people. 
  • people with certain medical conditions, including liver, kidney, heart or blood vessel disease; glaucoma; gastrointestinal or urinary tract blockages; weak or flaccid intestines; ulcerative colitis; certain cardiovascular problems; myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder characterized by weak muscles
  • people who have to drive a car or operate machinery. Propantheline may cause drowsiness, dizziness and/or blurred vision.
Propantheline may not be right for you if you take certain medications including antihistamines, antidepressants, certain drugs for Parkinson's disease, corticosteroids and heart medicines like digoxin and quinidine. This is only a partial list. Ask your doctor about other drugs that might be problematic when taken along with propantheline, and make sure he or she knows about all medications and supplements you take.

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