Tolterodine

What is Tolterodine?

Tolterodine is a cholinergic receptor blocker used for treating urinary bladder disorders that affects urination in human body. Tolterodine works by inhibiting the release of cholinergic or acetylcholine in the urinary bladder that results in contraction of muscular bladder wall and overactive bladder. It treats urinary frequency and inconsistency. Tolterodine is used for some other health-related issues which may or may not be listed in this guide.

Important information

A care must be taken while using Tolterodine if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, especially tolterodine. In case you are suffering from untreated or unrestrained narrow-angle Glaucoma or have any blockage in urinary tract, intestine or stomach, then intake of Tolterodine is not advisable. Tolterodine must be consumed after thorough consultation with doctor if you are suffering or have a history of any liver or kidney disorder, myasthenia gravis, glaucoma or Long QT syndrome. Tolterodine is orally administered. Chewing, crushing or breaking a Tolterodine LA controlled-release capsule is not suitable. Swallow the whole capsule with a glass of water. Breaking or opening the capsule will result in excessive release of drug in the body at one time, which may leave adverse effects.

Tolterodine is known to cause thinking impairment. Thus, be careful while driving or performing any other activity. Be alert and sound. Do not drink alcohol while using Tolterodine as it may aggravate its side effects.There are many drugs which react to Tolterodine. Inform about all your medications to your specialist. This includes prescribed and over-the-counter drugs, health or dietary supplements and Ayurvedic or herbal products. While on Tolterodine, don’t start a new medication without your doctor’s guidance.

Before taking this medicine

Use of  Tolterodine must be shunned in case you are hypersensitive to it or any of its constituents, especially tolterodine. Under certain medical conditions, Tolterodine must be avoided. They are: Blockage in Urinary tract, intestine or stomach Untreated or unrestrained narrow-angle glaucoma

In order to ensure the safety of medication for you, apprise your doctor about following before taking Tolterodine:

  • Any liver or kidney disease
  • Myasthenia Gravis i.e. a neuromuscular disease causing fluctuating muscle weakness and fatigue
  • Narrow-end Glaucoma
  • Individual or family history of Long QT syndrome

FDA pregnancy category C. It is unclear whether Tolterodine harms a fetus. However, inform your doctor if you detect pregnancy or have plans of getting pregnant before using this medication. Excretion of Tolterodine into breast milk is suspicious. Tell your specialist before using Tolterodine that you are nursing a baby.

Side effects

Seek instant medical help in case you feel ill or find allergic reactions on body after consuming Tolterodine such as hives or skin rash, respiratory difficulties or sudden swelling on face, tongue and throat. The most common side effects are:

  • Dryness in mouth, eyes
  • Blurred vision, dizziness or drowsiness
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Upset or painful stomach
  • Joint pain or headache

Some serious consequences are:

  • Chest pain, fast or irregular heart rate
  • Confusions, hallucination or delusions
  • Less or no urination
  • Painful and difficult urination

Note: Apart from above mentioned, there are few other side effects of Tolterodine. If case you feel extremely unwell, immediate medical attention is required.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Lest you miss a dose, take it as soon as it strikes your memory. Do not consume extra in order to fill up for skipped dose. In case it is the time for your next scheduled dose, avoid taking missed dose at that juncture.

What should I avoid?

Tolterodine is known to cause thinking impairment. Thus, be careful while driving or performing any other activity. Be alert and sound. Do not drink alcohol while using Tolterodine as it may aggravate its side effects.

How should I take Tolterodine?

Follow your doctor’s prescription while consuming Tolterodine. Comply with all instructions mentioned in prescription label. Do not increase or decrease the dose amount on your own. It is expected that your medical practitioner may occasionally change your dose for best health outcomes.Consume one whole capsule of Tolterodine with water. Chewing, crushing or breaking a Tolterodine LA controlled-release capsule is not suitable. Breaking or opening the capsule will result in excessive release of drug in the body at one time, which may leave adverse effects. Tolterodine must be stored at Room Temperature. Keep it away from moisture and heat.

Reviews for Tolterodine

Review by Accidents happen For Overactive Bladder:

I am on tolterodine for more than a week now. During the day, I am urinating a lot but not as often as earlier. But due to this medication, I started sleeping a lot and get mild headaches. Dryness of mouth is yet another side effect.

Review by Goldfish82 – Tolterodine for Overactive Bladder:

Wonder medication. It is worth using!

Review by itzme – LA (tolterodine) for Overactive Bladder:

Taking Tolterodine for 9 years now and I go to bathroom in 3-4 hours as compared to every 20 minutes earlier. Night urination is reduced to one time only. Earlier, I could not sleep due to frequent urination. It has some downsides such as dryness in mouth, confusion and more but it is really effective on urinating problems.