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Bentyl (Dicyclomine Hydrochloride)

General Information

Bentyl (Dicyclomine Hydrochloride) is used for the treatment of intestinal problem called irritable bowel syndrome. This medication will help you to lessen the symptoms of intestinal cramping and stomach like:

  • Vomiting
  • Stress
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Acid reflux
  • Stomach flu


How does Bentyl (Dicyclomine Hydrochloride) work?

Bentyl (Dicyclomine Hydrochloride) works by slowing down the usual actions of the gut. It relaxes the muscles in the stomach and intestines. It also blocks a certain substance that your body produces naturally.

This medication starts working for about 1-2 hours after it is administered. It is an as-needed medication and it doesn’t lose effectiveness with time. It should keep working while you are on it.


Why use Bentyl (Dicyclomine Hydrochloride)?

Bentyl (Dicyclomine Hydrochloride) is an anticholinergic drug. This belongs to the class of medications known as antispasmodics/ anticholinergics. This is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Bentyl Capsules for oral use contains 10mg of Dicyclomine Hydrochloride.
  • Bentyl Tablets for oral use contains 20mg of Dicyclomine Hydrochloride.
  • Bentyl injection is a pyrogen-free, sterile, and an aqueous solution for intramuscular injection. It is supplied as an ampoule containing 20mg/2ml. Each ml has 10mg of Dicyclomine Hydrochloride

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication in 1950.


How to use Bentyl (Dicyclomine Hydrochloride)?

Bentyl (Dicyclomine Hydrochloride) comes as a tablet, capsule, and injection for hospital use. This is usually taken in doses of 20mg four times a day. Your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and slowly increase your dose. Follow all the prescription of your doctor carefully.


What are the side-effects of Bentyl (Dicyclomine Hydrochloride)?

  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Flushing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Stuffy nose
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Increased heart rate
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty urinating

If there is an overdose, call for medical help right away. Here are the symptoms:

  • Upset stomach, vomiting, headache
  • Hallucinating, excitement, blurred vision
  • Dry mouth, dizziness, hot/dry skin


Warnings and Precautions

  • Before using this treatment, let your doctor know if you have any allergies.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages. This medication may increase certain side effects.
  • Inform your doctor if you any medical history or current medications (vitamins/herbal supplements).
  • Do not take this longer than prescribed.
  • This medication must not be used in children younger than 6 months old. It is because of the risk of serious side effects.