Precautions and Warnings With Dicyclomine
There are many important precautions and warnings with dicyclomine to be aware of before starting treatment, including information on who should not use this drug. You should not take dicyclomine if you have glaucoma, are breastfeeding, or have severe ulcerative colitis. Warnings and precautions with dicyclomine also apply to people who have liver, kidney, or heart disease.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking dicyclomine hydrochloride (Bentyl®) if you have:
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Difficulty passing urine
- A bowel blockage (bowel obstruction)
- Ulcerative colitis
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Significant bleeding
- Myasthenia gravis
- Autonomic neuropathy (nerve disease that affects involuntary bodily functions)
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart disease
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- A hiatal hernia
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH)
- A rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Will be having cataract surgery
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.