molecule

Drotaverine

Molecule Description

Drotaverine helps in pain relief related to spasms. It relieves stomach pain, cr...
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uses

Uses of Drotaverine

Drotaverine is used to relieve abdominal pain, cramps, spasms and other painful conditions.
contraindications

Contraindications of Drotaverine

When should one not use Drotaverine

  • If you are allergic to drotaverine or similar medicines
  • If you are suffering from any heart, liver or kidney related problems
  • If you have a blood disorder called porphyria
  • If you are a breastfeeding mother
  • Drotaverine is not recommended for use in children below the age of 12 years.
sideEffects

Side effects of Drotaverine

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Spinning of head
  • Injection site reactions
precautionsAndWarnings

Precautions and Warnings of Drotaverine

pregnancy

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take drotaverine during pregnancy?
A:
It is not advised to take domperidone during pregnancy until considered essential by the doctor and potential risks justify the benefits.
breastfeeding

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take drotaverine while breastfeeding?
A:
Drotaverine should not be used by breastfeeding women.
driving

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have consumed drotaverine?
A:
Drotaverine may cause dizziness, thus you need to be cautious while driving.
alcohol

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with drotaverine?
A:
Avoid consuming alcohol with domperidone, as it may worsen the side effects like dizziness.
otherGeneralWarnings

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have problems with your heart, liver or kidneys.
  • You have low blood pressure
  • You are pregnant, planning to conceive or are breastfeeding.
modeOfAction

Mode of Action of Drotaverine

How Does It Work?

Drotaverine acts by inhibiting the action of a particular enzyme. This relaxes the smooth muscle and dilates the blood vessels. Thus, provides relief from spasm and pain.
interactions

Interactions of Drotaverine

Interactions with other medicines

  • Some medicines can affect the way drotaverine works, or this medicine itself can reduce the effectiveness of other medicines taken at the same time.
  • Tell your doctor about all the medicines, supplements, or herbals you are currently taking or might take to avoid any possible interaction.
  • You may experience rigidity, shakiness, disbalance when drotaverine is concomitantly used along with medicines like levodopa (used to treat Parkinson's disease).
  • Other medicines like pain killers, medicines used to treat bladder problems and medicines used to treat mental health problems should be used cautiously.
dosage

Dosage of Drotaverine

Overdose

Symptoms of overdose may include headache, vomiting, sleepiness, dizziness, weakness, low blood pressure. Seek urgent medical help if you suspect an overdose.

Missed a Dose

If you have missed any dose of drotaverine then take it as soon as you remember. If it is already time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and follow the regular dosing schedule. Do not take a...
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Content Details

WRITTEN BY
doctor

Dr. Nikita Toshi

BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)

REVIEWED BY
doctor

Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: Can drotaverine be used in children?

A: Drotaverine is not recommended for use in children below the age of 12 years.

Q: Is drotaverine an antibiotic?

A: No, drotaverine is not an antibiotic, it is an anti-spasmodic medicine that provides relief from pain related to spasms.
Last Updated on: 14 Oct 2021 | 10:38 AM (IST)
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