Hyoscyamine comes in an oral elixir, oral solution, tablet, dispersible tablet, extended-release tablet, and sublingual tablet. All forms are available in multiple strengths.
Hyoscyamine is an anti-cholinergic most commonly used to slow the GI tract, treat muscle spasms in the GI tract, gallbladder or urinary system, and infant belly pain. No matter what your doctor has you taking it for, hyoscyamine is taken by mouth 1 to 4 times a day 30 to 60 minutes before a meal. Do not crush, break or chew extended release tablets, swallow whole. Place dispersible tablets on the tongue, let met, and then swallow. Place sublingual tablets under the tongue, let melt, then swallow. Do not take antacids at the same time you take hyoscyamine. If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your normal dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
Some common side effects with hyoscyamine include flushing, dizziness, drowsiness, confusion and excitement most commonly in elderly.
Some less common side effects include headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and increased heart rate.
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While taking hyoscyamine, remember it is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have:
• Signs of an allergic reaction (rash, itching, swelling, tightness of the chest, etc.)
• An allergy to hyoscyamine, nitroimidazole derivatives, or any component of the formulation.
• Any of these health problems: Bowel block, bleeding problems, enlarged colon, glaucoma, heart problems, myasthenia gravis, slow-moving GI tract, a swallowing tube (esophagus) that is not normal, ulcerative colitis, or trouble passing urine.
All forms of hyoscyamine need to be stored at room temperature in a dry place. Use the measuring device received from the pharmacist or doctor for the oral liquid.
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