What is Mepenzolate bromide used for?
Mepenzolate is used with other medications to treat peptic ulcers. It works by decreasing the release of acid in the stomach.
How should I take Mepenzolate bromide?
Take this medication by mouth, usually 4 times daily (with meals and at bedtime) or as directed by your doctor.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.
Antacids may decrease the absorption of this medication. Take mepenzolate at least 1 hour before taking antacids.
Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
How do I store Mepenzolate bromide?
Mepenzolate bromide is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Mepenzolate bromide in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Mepenzolate bromide that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Mepenzolate bromide down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Mepenzolate bromide?
Before taking mepenzolate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, movement/blockage disorders of the stomach/bowels (e.g., paralytic ileus, pyloroduodenal stenosis, achalasia, intestinal atony), difficulty urinating (e.g., prostatic hypertrophy), liver disease, kidney disease, heart/blood vessel disease (e.g., congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, tachycardia), high blood pressure, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), esophagus problems (e.g., GERD), nerve disorders (e.g., autonomic neuropathy), diarrhea, breathing problems (e.g., asthma), certain bowel diseases (toxic megacolon, ulcerative colitis).
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
This medication can decrease sweating. To prevent heatstroke, avoid becoming overheated in hot weather, in saunas, and during exercise/other strenuous activities.
Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the side effects.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Mepenzolate bromide during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Mepenzolate bromide. Mepenzolate bromide is pregnancy risk category B according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk,
- B=No risk in some studies,
- C=There may be some risk,
- D=Positive evidence of risk,
What side effects can occur from Mepenzolate bromide?
Dry mouth, decreased sweating, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, widened pupils, nausea/vomiting, or constipation may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes, eye pain/pressure, fast/pounding heartbeat, difficulty urinating, decreased sexual ability.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Mepenzolate bromide?
Some products that may interact with this drug include: antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine, meclizine), antispasmodics (e.g., dicyclomine), belladonna alkaloids (e.g., scopolamine, atropine), certain antiarrhythmic drugs (e.g., quinidine), certain drugs for Parkinson’s disease (e.g., amantadine, benztropine, trihexyphenidyl), corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), digoxin (slow-dissolving type), drugs for glaucoma (e.g., timolol), drugs which depend on stomach acidity (e.g., ketoconazole), MAO inhibitors (isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, safinamide, selegiline, tranylcypromine), nitrates (e.g., isosorbide dinitrate), phenothiazines (e.g., chlorpromazine), potassium tablets/capsules, pramlintide, tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline).
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you also take drugs that cause drowsiness such as: medicine for sleep or anxiety (e.g., alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines (e.g., chlorpromazine, risperidone, trazodone).
Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.
Mepenzolate bromide may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Mepenzolate bromide?
Mepenzolate bromide may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Mepenzolate bromide?
Mepenzolate bromide may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Mepenzolate bromide.
What is the dose of Mepenzolate bromide for an adult?
The usual adult dose is 1 or 2 tablets (25 or 50 mg) 4 times a day preferably with meals and at bedtime. Begin with the lower dosage when possible and adjust subsequently according to the patient’s response.
In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, usually starting at the low end of the dosing range, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy.
What is the dose of Mepenzolate bromide for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Mepenzolate bromide available?
Mepenzolate bromide is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Mepenzolate bromide, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: March 23, 2018 | Last Modified: March 23, 2018
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