Brand: Cuvposa, Glycate, Robinul, and Robinul Forte
Cuvposa, Glycate, Robinul, and Robinul Forte.
Glycopyrrolate, a synthetic anticholinergic agent, diminishes the volume and acidity of gastric secretions. It is indicated for the treatment of peptic ulcers as well as chronic drooling associated with neurologic disorders such as cerebral palsy.
Your doctor may prescribe this medication for other therapeutic uses. You can only purchase glycopyrrolate tablet or solution with a prescription.
Prior to starting glycopyrrolate therapy, you need to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using this medication with your primary care physician. You need to make an informed decision whether to use this medication or not.
This medication should not be given to patients who are allergic to glycopyrrolate or any of its components. Inform your doctor if you’ve had allergic reactions to drugs of the same class, animals, food, dyes, preservatives, and/or other medications.
Long-term of use anticholinergics in children is not recommended as they are more susceptible to its effects. However, no evidence has been found regarding age-related factors that would limit the therapeutic effects of oral glycopyrrolate in children 3 to 16 years of age.
Dosing in elderly patients should start at the low range taking into account possible age-related decrease in renal, hepatic, or cardiac function.
This medication has a pregnancy category C, which means adequate research regarding glycopyrrolate’s effects on the unborn child hasn’t been done. Therefore, this medication should be used with caution in pregnant women and only if the benefits outweigh the risks.
Lactating mothers should also use oral glycopyrrolate only if there is a clear need. This medication should not be given concomitantly with potassium. Also, using oral glycopyrrolate with bupropion, donepezil, and oxymorphone can increase the risk of developing side effects.
Ask your physician if you need to avoid certain foods or beverages while on this medicine. Inform your physician if you have pre-existing medical conditions that be exacerbated by oral glycopyrrolate.
Follow your physician’s instructions as to how much and how often you need to take oral glycopyrrolate. He/she may adjust your dose more than once in order to find what works best for you or your child.
Stay informed and read the patient information sheet that comes with the packaging. If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask a healthcare professional.
If you are taking an oral solution, use a measuring spoon or medicine cup to get the exact amount. Using a household spoon may not yield the accurate amount.
Take your medicine at least an hour before meals or 2 hours after meals. The dose, timing, and frequency of oral glycopyrrolate depend on a lot of factors including age and disease condition.
For children suffering from severe drooling, the dose depends on the body weight. For adults and older children (12 years old and above) who have peptic ulcers, the recommended dose is 1 mg thrice a day. This may be adjusted by your physician.
Take a missed dose as soon as you remember. However, skip it and resume your normal schedule if it’s almost time for the next dose. Keep this medication safe and away from the reach of children.
4 Precautions to Take
Go to your follow-up appointments regularly so that you doctor can monitor your condition properly. With this, they can also treat or prevent side effects.
As mentioned earlier, oral glycopyrrolate should not be taken concomitantly with potassium medications. This is because glycopyrrolate can delay the movement of potassium medications through the esophagus and stomach.
Watch out for signs of bowel problems, which could include diarrhea, constipation, pain, abdominal or stomach distention, nausea, or vomiting. If you experience these, stop take the medicine and notify your physician right away.
The same goes if you or your child develops rashes, hives, and other allergic reactions. Your body may not be able to thermoregulate properly when you are on oral glycopyrrolate.
Do not spend too much time under the heat of the sun or in humid areas. Doing so can lead to heat stroke. Drowsiness is also something to look out for when on this medication. Avoid engaging in strenuous activities that need concentration like driving and operating heavy machinery.
Check with your doctor first before taking any kind of over-the-counter medication.
There are a number of side effects associated with oral glycopyrrolate. You may not experience all of these at once. However, if you do experience the following, notify your healthcare provider right away:
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