What is tolterodine?

Tolterodine reduces spasms of the bladder muscles.

Tolterodine is used to treat overactive bladder with symptoms of urinary frequency, urgency, and incontinence.

Tolterodine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Precautions

Do not take this medication if you are allergic to tolterodine or if you have:

  • a blockage of the urinary tract (difficulty urinating);
  • a blockage in your stomach or intestines; or
  • untreated or uncontrolled glaucoma.

If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication:

  • liver disease;
  • kidney disease;
  • glaucoma; or
  • a personal or family history of "Long QT syndrome."

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether tolterodine is harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether tolterodine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Tolterodine can cause blurred vision or side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake, alert, and able to see clearly.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of tolterodine.

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Instructions

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medication.

Overdose symptoms may include dry mouth, blurred vision, and fast heartbeat.

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using tolterodine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • chest pain, fast or uneven heart rate;
  • feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain;
  • confusion, hallucinations;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all; or
  • painful or difficult urination.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • dry mouth, dry eyes;
  • blurred vision;
  • dizziness, drowsiness;
  • constipation or diarrhea;
  • stomach pain or upset;
  • joint pain; or
  • headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Interactions

Before taking tolterodine, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

  • arsenic trioxide (Trisenox);
  • bepridil (Vascor),
  • cisapride (Propulsid);
  • chloroquine (Arelan) or halofantrine (Halfan);
  • cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);
  • droperidol (Inapsine);
  • narcotic medication such as levomethadyl (Orlaam); or methadone (Dolophine, Methadose);
  • pentamidine (NebuPent, Pentam);
  • vinblastine (Velban);
  • antibiotics such as azithromycin (Zithromax), clarithromycin (Biaxin), dirithromycin (Dynabac), erythromycin (E-Mycin, E.E.S., Erythrocin, Ery-Tab), pentamidine (NebuPent, Pentam), sparfloxacin (Zagam), telithromycin (Ketek);
  • medicines to treat psychiatric disorder, such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), haloperidol (Haldol), mesoridazine (Serentil) pimozide (Orap), or thioridazine (Mellaril); or
  • heart rhythm medicine such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), dofetilide (Tikosyn), disopyramide (Norpace), procainamide (Procan, Pronestyl), quinidine (Cardioquin, Quinaglute), or sotalol (Betapace).

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with tolterodine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Other Names

Detrol, Detrol LA, and tolterodine

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