Tolterodine tablets or extended-release capsules
What do tolterodine tablets or extended-release capsules do?
TOLTERODINE (Detrol(R) tablets and Detrol(R) LA extended-release capsules) help to control an overactive bladder, a chronic condition that can be improved with medication. Tolterodine may reduce the frequency of bathroom visits and may help to control wetting accidents.
What should my health care professional know before I use tolterodine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
• difficulty passing urine
• intestinal obstruction
• kidney disease
• liver disease
• stomach problems like pyloric stenosis or reflux, or other problems with proper emptying of the contents of the stomach
• an unusual or allergic reaction to tolterodine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
• pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take tolterodine tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. If you are taking the extended-release capsules, swallow them whole, do not crush, cut, or chew. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor’s advice.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose on the regular schedule. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with tolterodine?
• alcohol-containing beverages
• grapefruit juice
• medicines for fungal infections, like fluconazole, itraconazole or ketoconazole
• medicines for treating HIV-virus infection or AIDs
• “water pills” or diuretics
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including nonprescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from using tolterodine?
Serious side effects are not common. Side effects that you should report to your doctor as soon as possible:
• any signs of an allergic reaction, like itching or hives
• blurred vision or difficulty focusing vision
• difficulty passing urine
• severe dizziness
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor if they continue or are bothersome):
• dry eyes
• dry mouth
• mild dizziness or drowsiness
• indigestion or stomach discomfort