What is this medicine?
ATROPINE; HYOSCYAMINE; PHENOBARBITAL; SCOPOLAMINE (A troe peen; hye oh SYE a meen; fee noe BAR bi tal; skoe POL a meen) is used to treat different bowel problems including irritable bowel syndrome, acute enterocolitis, or duodenal ulcer.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- an alcohol or drug abuse problem
- heart disease
- hiatal hernia and esophogeal reflux or GERD
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- myasthenia gravis
- prostate trouble
- stomach problems
- ulcerative colitis
- an unusual or allergic reaction to atropine; hyoscyamine; phenobarbital; scopolamine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use a specially marked spoon or dropper to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate.
Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills
- MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
- medicines for HIV infection like indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, and saquinavir
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
This medicine may cause dry eyes and blurred vision. If you wear contact lenses you may feel some discomfort. Lubricating drops may help. See your eye doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.
Avoid extreme heat (e.g., hot tubs, saunas). This medication can cause you to sweat less than normal. Your body temperature could increase to dangerous levels, which may lead to heat stroke.