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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking dicyclomine (Bentyl)?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to dicyclomine, or if you have:
To make sure you can safely take dicyclomine, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Dicyclomine can pass into breast milk and can cause breathing problems or other life-threatening side effects in infants younger than 6 months of age. Do not breast feed a baby while taking this medication.
Older adults may be more likely to have side effects from this medicine.
Dicyclomine should not be given to a child younger than 6 months old.
How should I take dicyclomine (Bentyl)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Dicyclomine is usually taken 4 times each day. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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