What It's For & How To Take
Tolterodine extended-release is used to treat the symptoms of overactive bladder. This medication helps relax the muscles in the bladder, so they do not squeeze too quickly.
Tolterodine extended release will help relax the bladder so that it may fill to a normal level before you feel the urge to urinate. Relaxing the bladder muscles will decrease the feeling that you need to frequently urinate.
Tolterodine extended-release is usually taken once daily, with or without food, or as directed by your doctor. Swallow this tablet whole, with a full glass of water. Do not crush or chew this medication. Doing so may increase the risk of serious side effects. Take this medication at the same time each day.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of your next dose, skip it and continue with your normal dose time. Do not take a double dose to make up the missed dose.
Your dosage is based on your condition and your response to therapy. Your doctor may have you stop the medication for a period of time to see if you need to continue taking it. If the feeling of frequent urination does not improve or gets worse, notify your doctor.
Warnings & Cautions
- Tolterodine extended-release should not be used if you have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma, slow or blocked gastrointestinal system, or urinary retention problems. If you have any of these conditions, do not take this medication until you have discussed this with your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you have ever been told you have any heart rhythm problems. Rarely, tolterodine extended-release may cause your heart to beat fast and unsteady. If you feel like your heart is racing or beating too fast, get medical help right away.
- This medication may make you dizzy, drowsy, or blur your vision. Do not drive or do any activity that requires focus and attention until you are sure you can do them Limit alcoholic beverages while taking tolterodine extended-release.
- While taking tolterodine extended-release, your body does not sweat as much. In hot temperatures, the body may have a difficult time cooling itself. This may lead to heat stroke. Help prevent heat stroke while taking this medication. Avoid exercise in hot weather, saunas, or anything else which may increase your body temperature. Drink plenty of water.
- The elderly may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication, especially the dry mouth, blurred vision, dizziness, and constipation.
- Let your pharmacist or doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before taking this medication.
Interactions & Side Effects
- Tell your pharmacist or doctor all your medication allergies so they may determine if tolterodine extended-release is safe for you to take.
- Avoid dangerous drug interactions. Tell your pharmacist or doctor all the other medication you are taking, including over the counter supplements, even if you don't take them very often.
- Ask your doctor if this medication is safe to take with your current health conditions. Tell your doctor if you have any previous bladder or intestinal problems, liver or kidney disease, any heart or blood pressure issues, or any history of neurologic problems.
- While taking tolterodine extended-release, you may notice some blurred vision, dry mouth, dry eyes, drowsiness, constipation and possibly a headache. If these or any other unwanted side effects persist, contact your doctor or pharmacist to talk about it with them.
- Call your doctor right away if you feel any burning or painful urination, fast pounding heartbeat, hallucinations, swelling in your mouth or throat, or persistent vision problems.