What is Detrusitol?
Detrusitol tablets are an antimuscarinic (or anticholinergic) medication that works by relaxing the muscles in the bladder to offer relief from the symptoms of urinary incontinence. Containing the active ingredient tolterodine tartrate, Detrusitol capsules are also available in an XL prolonged-released form.
Detrusitol is prescribed to patients who are experiencing symptoms of urge incontinence or who suffer from overactive bladder syndrome. This condition affects those that are unable to control their urination or frequently need to go to the toilet with little warning.
What are the benefits?
Detrusitol treats symptoms of an overactive bladder, including urinary incontinence. Detrusitol is an immediate release treatment, which means that this medication is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream as soon as it is taken. This medication increases the amount of urine the bladder can retain, greatly reducing your need to frequently pass urine.
How does Detrusitol work?
Urge incontinence is widely known as being caused by uncontrollable spasms in the detrusor muscle located in the bladder. These involuntary contractions cause your bladder to empty.
The active ingredient tolterodine tartrate works by relaxing this muscle so the bladder will stop randomly contracting and so will be more effective in holding urine. Tolterodine tartrate relaxes this muscle by inhibiting specific receptors, which are located on the surface of the muscle cells, called muscarinic receptors.
How does it work?
Each tablet contains the active ingredient tolterodine tartrate, which is a substance that relaxes muscles known as an anticholinergic. Tolterodine tartrate works by relaxing the detrusor muscle found in the wall of the bladder. It inhibits the receptors found in the muscles and prevents the body’s natural chemical from interacting with them and causing the bladder to contract and drain. Inhibiting these receptors also relaxes the bladder’s muscle walls, which increases the bladder’s capability to hold more urine while reducing the urge to pass urine.
What are the benefits of Detrusitol?
The main benefit of Detrusitol is its effectiveness in treating the frustrating symptoms of incontinence. The active ingredient, tolterodine tartrate has been proven by clinical studies to reduce the frequency of passing urine in most cases.
Detrusitol tablets can be taken as an immediate release dose, so the medication starts to absorb into the blood directly after the tablets are taken. This means that the medication can quickly begin to treat your incontinence.
Whose is suitable for this medication?
Detrusitol is suitable for women or men who have a condition caused by an overactive bladder such as urinary incontinence. However, this medication is not suitable if you are allergic to tolterodine or any of the ingredients found in this medication. Having certain conditions like gastro intestinal disease, kidney problems or liver problems will likely mean that an alternative treatment will be recommended. Detrusitol will not be prescribed if you suffer from constipation; heart conditions; neuronal disorders that affect your blood pressure, bowel or sexual function; low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood or are taking certain other medications like antibiotics. This medication is not suitable for women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding.
How to take Detrusitol
The recommended dosage of Detrusitol is 2mg in tablet form that should be taken twice daily.
If the symptoms have started to improve, the dosage will usually be reduced to 1mg twice daily. You should always consult your doctor if you feel that you need to adjust your dosage.
You can take a tablet with or without food and it should be swallowed with a glass of water. The benefit of the medication will usually be re-evaluated after a few months.
How do you take this medication?
You should always take medication as prescribed by your doctor. In general the starting dose for this medication is a 2mg tablet that should be taken twice daily with a glass of water. However, if you experience severe side effects this dosage will likely be reduced down to a 1mg dose tablet, which should also be taken twice daily. It is important that you have an evaluation of this treatment after two to three months of use. If you experience any side effects while taking Detrusitol, you should contact your doctor immediately.
What dosages are available for Detrusitol?
The starting dose of Detrusitol is 2mg. If you are experiencing side effects, you may be recommended 1mg, and after time, it is advised to reduce to 1mg as well.
For any questions regarding Detrusitol dosages, ensure you read the patient information leaflet that is available to download below.
What are the side effects?
Detrusitol, like all medications, may cause side effects, but these will not affect everybody who uses this medication. Common side effects with this medication include fatigue, slight weight gain and flushing. More information of the side effects of this medication can be found in the patient information leaflet, which we advise that you read carefully prior to taking this medication.
What are the side effects of Detrusitol?
Detrusitol is very well tolerated for the vast percentage of users. For those they do experience any side effects, these are mild and are usually temporary, especially when your body is being accustomed to new medication. The side effects associated with Detrusitol include:
- Dry mouth,
- Abdominal pain
If any side effects become concerning to you, or you experience something more severe, you should seek medical advice. It's always recommended that you read the Patient Information Leaflet before beginning a course of treatment.
Where can I buy this medication?
Detrusitol is available to buy at HealthExpress. In order to purchase your medication, you must complete a short and simple online consultation, which will help our doctors ensure that this medication is safe for you. If your consultation is approved, a prescription will be sent to our pharmacy, which will ship your medication straight to you using a free and discreet overnight delivery service.
What precautions/interaction to take when using Detrusitol
The active ingredient, tolterodine tartrate may not be suitable for everyone with urinary incontinence or overactive bladder syndrome. You may not be recommended this treatment if:
- You have autonomic neuropathy, megacolon, ulcerative colitis or certain gastrointestinal problems;
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you are taking certain other medications.
- You suffer from kidney problems or disease
- If you have a hiatal hernia (herniation of an abdominal organ)
- If you have an abnormal heart condition
- If you have very low levels of potassium
Certain medication may also affect the way Detruistol 1mg/2mg tablets work, these include:
- Certain antibiotics like erythromycin or clarithromycin)
- Medicinal products used for the treatment of fungal infections (e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole)
- Metoclopramide, cisapride amiodarone, sotalol, quinidine, procainamide
- Medicines that work opposite to Detrusitol (cholinergic properties)
You must always provide full details of your current medications and any medical conditions upon consultation. For the full comprehensive list of side effects and precautions, you can read the patient leaflet at the bottom of the page.
How can I buy Detrusitol online safely?
Detrusitol is available to buy online, using our safe and secure consultation process. We require you to fill in our brief questionnaire so our registered doctors can determine whether Detrusitol is suitable for you. If you are approved, a prescription will be issued to our certified pharmacy, which will promptly dispense your medication. Your tablets will then be dispatched using our free next day delivery service.