What are Detrusitol XL 4mg capsules?
Detrusitol XL is a medication used to treat an overactive bladder. It can help to ease the symptoms of urinary incontinence such as:
- Loss of bladder control
- Frequently needing to urinate
- Getting a sudden, desperate urge to go to the toilet
How does Detrusitol XL work?
Each Detrusitol tablet contains an active ingredient called tolterodine tartrate. Tolterodine is part of a group of medications called antimuscarinics. It helps to relax the muscles that control the bladder and cause it to empty more frequently in people with urinary incontinence.
How do you take Detrusitol?
Always take Detrusitol 4mg capsules as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.
Take one 4mg capsule daily. Swallow your Detrusitol capsule whole with water. You can take it before, during or after a meal.
Your doctor may reduce your dose if you find you have side effects.
How effective are Detrusitol?
Detrusitol is clinically proven to treat the symptoms of an overactive bladder when it is taken correctly. Your bladder takes time to adjust, so don’t stop the treatment before you’ve been told to. Your doctor will evaluate how effective the medication is after 2-3 months of taking it.
To help this medication work as effectively as possible, there are a few lifestyle changes you can make. Whilst you should try not to drink too much liquid, you should also be careful not to drink too little. The equivalent of 8 glasses of water each day is about right.
You should also try not to drink too many caffeinated or alcoholic drinks. Losing weight if you are overweight or obese can also help to ease urinary incontinence.
What are the main side effects of Detrusitol?
Like all medicines, Detrusitol can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. The most common side effects of Detrusitol are:
- Dry mouth
For a full list of Detrusitol side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Detrusitol used for?
Detrusitol is a medication used to control an overactive bladder. It can help to ease urinary incontinence.
What is Tolterodine?
Tolterodine is the active ingredient in Detrusitol capsules. It works by causing the muscles responsible for emptying the bladder to relax.