Glycopyrrolate is a custom-made pharmacy drug classified in the family of drugs known as anticholinergics. Approved by the FDA in 1961, glycopyrrolate is utilized as a treatment for many medical issues such as ulcers and symptoms of cerebral palsy, and as a preventative drug to help deter side effects of select medications, and reflexes, before and after surgery. Glycopyrrolate is also sometimes effective in decreasing stomach acid production by obstructing various substances. In general, glycopyrrolate is effective in some patients because it is successful in blocking a specific neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.
Your compounding pharmacy can generate glycopyrrolate into many forms for administration from oral meds to injectables, but tablets are commonly given. Tablets taken orally are typically assigned for a 2 to 3 per day dosage. If you are prescribed an oral solution, take one hour before you eat, or two hours after, but never while eating or just before or after. Follow your doctor's specific and detailed directions on dosage and usage. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have further questions along the way during the course of your treatment with glycopyrrolate.
Some may experience no side effects at all while others may experience several side effects. Until you begin taking this drug you will not know how it will affect you, so watch for any potential side effects and contact your doctor right away if any are lingering or getting worse. Common side effects seen with glycopyrrolate are:
While it is very possible that you may experience no severe side effects while taking this drug, severe side effects are known to occur in some patients. Watch for possible severe side effects and if you experience any get emergency medical help immediately. Some of the possible severe side effects are as follows:
NOTE: As some severe side effects may be the same as 'common' side effects, many times the only way to know if your side effect is severe or not is by the intensity with which it is felt or experienced. In every case, if you feel that ANY side effect is severe or becoming severe, do not delay seek medical treatment immediately. Side effects can be dangerous and you should always err on the side of caution and get emergency medical assistance if you are concerned.
All patients thinking of beginning use of this drug should first consult with their doctor.
Anyone with any of the following conditions, diseases, or medical issues should not use glycopyrrolate until they have had a full, frank discussion with their doctor regarding their medical status and options:
Do not take glycopyrrolate if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, planning a pregnancy, or about to begin breastfeeding unless you have fully discussed your options with your primary care doctor and he or she has deemed this drug necessary for your treatment.
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