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Tolterodine Tartrate

Tolterodine Tartrate

May 24, 2021

Tolterodine Tartrate is an FDA-approved medication since 1998. This is an antispasmodic drug used in people to control urination. This comes as a capsule for oral use. 


What condition does Tolterodine Tartrate treat? 

Tolterodine Tartrate is mostly prescribed by most doctors for the treatment of overactive bladder. It is a combination of symptoms that can cause you to need to urinate more often, experience incontinence, have more urgency to urinate, and urinating more often at night. This antispasmodic drug helps lessen leaking of urine, frequent trips to the bathroom, and feelings of needing to urinate right away.  


How does Tolterodine Tartrate work? 

Detrusor muscle which is in the wall of the bladder can sometimes contract in uncontrollable spasms. It is also referred to as having an overactive bladder sometimes. The overactive detrusor muscle may raise the total of periods you need to cause intense needs to pass urine or have urinary incontinence. This medicine works by comforting the detrusor muscle. It is by blocking receptors called muscarinic receptors found on the surface of the muscle cells. This stops acetylcholine from acting on these receptors. 

Usually, once acetylcholine acts on these receptors, it reasons to a contracted detrusor muscle and causes the bladder to empty. By blocking acetylcholine, Tolterodine Tartrate helps the muscle in the bladder wall to relax. This decreases unstable contractions of the bladder and thus increases the capability of the bladder to hold urine. Sequentially, this decreases the need to pass urine. 


What is the dosage of Tolterodine Tartrate? 

The dosage of this medication will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor’s instructions. If your dosage is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so. The total of medication that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of dosages you take each day, the time permitted between doses, and the extent of time you take the medicine depend on the medical condition for which you are using the medication. 

  • The medicine is taken by mouth. 
  • Each dose may be taken either with or without food. 
  • Take the medicine at the same time each day as directed by your doctor.  
  • Swallow the medicine as a whole with a full glass of water.  

If you missed a dose, call your doctor for instructions. Do not take two doses at one time to make up for the missed one. Do not take this medication more often or increase your dose than directed. Your medical condition will not improve any faster and your risk of serious side effects may be increased. Let your doctor know if your condition worsens or persists.  


What are the precautions in using Tolterodine Tartrate? 

  • Your doctor must check your improvement at regular visits. This will let your doctor see if the medication is working well and decide if you must continue to take it.  
  • Do not take other medications unless it is given by your doctor. This includes non-prescription or prescription medicines and vitamin r herbal supplements. 
  • This medication may cause some people to become drowsy, dizzy, or have blurred vision. Be sure you know how you react to this drug before you use machines, drive, or do any activity that might be risky if you are not alert, dizzy, or not capable to see properly.  
  • This medication may cause dryness in the throat, mouth, and nose. For short-term relief of mouth dryness, melt bits of ice in your mouth, use sugarless gum or candy. Conversely, check with your medical or dentist doctor if your mouth continues to feel dry for more than 2 weeks. Persistent dryness of the mouth may increase the chance of dental disease including fungus infections, tooth decay, or gum disease. 
  • Let your doctor know if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this drug or any other medications. Also, tell your doctor if you have any other types of allergies. This medicine may contain a substance that causes an allergic reaction.  
  • This is not recommended for use in pregnant women. Seek medical advice from your doctor.  
  • It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk. For this reason, it is important to consult a doctor or health care professional first before taking a dose of this medicine.  

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