Detrol (Tolterodine Tartrate) is indicated for the treatment of overactive bladder (OAB). It is not a disease. It’s the name of a group of urinary symptoms. The most common symptom of OAB is a sudden urge to urinate that you can’t control.
By relaxing the muscles in the bladder, this medication improves your ability to control your urination. This will help you lessen the leaking of urine and frequent trips to the bathroom. This will also help you lessen the feelings of needing to urinate right away.
How does Detrol (Tolterodine Tartrate) work?
The urinary bladder is considered as a muscular ‘bag’. The urine that comes from the kidneys fills the bladder and causes it to stretch like a balloon. As it stretches, the pressure in the bladder increases. When the bladder reaches a certain level of stretch, a desire to urinate is felt. Nerves in the muscular wall of the bladder release acetylcholine, a chemical that attaches to receptors on the muscle cells. It causes the cells to tighten. This contributes further to the increase in pressure within the bladder and the desire to urinate.
Detrol (Tolterodine Tartrate) slows the build-up of pressure in the bladder and reduces the sensation to urinate. This will also prevent uncontrolled urination.
Why use Detrol (Tolterodine Tartrate)?
Detrol (Tolterodine Tartrate) belongs to the class of medications called cholinergic (acetylcholine) receptor blockers. Detrol Tablets contains Tolterodine Tartrate. It is a muscarinic receptor antagonist. Each tablet has 1 or 2mg of Tolterodine Tartrate for oral administration. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this medication already.
How to use Detrol (Tolterodine Tartrate)?
The recommended dosage for this medication depends on your condition and response.
Detrol (Tolterodine Tartrate) is usually taken twice a day. It is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. You may take it with or without food. Take it at the same time each day. Do not double the prescribed dosage.
What are the side-effects of Detrol (Tolterodine Tartrate)?
- Dry eyes
- Dry mouth’
- Blurred vision
- Stomach pain or upset
- Joint pain
Inform your doctor if these happen:
- Severe stomach or abdominal pain
- Vision changes
- Signs of kidney infection like burning or painful urination, fever or lower back pain
Warnings and Precautions
- Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women before taking this drug.
- Let your doctor know if you are allergic to it or if you have any allergies.
- Do not share this with others who have the same symptoms as yours. Let them consult a doctor for a prescription.