Bentyl (Dicyclomine) should be taken as directed by your doctor.
- Bentyl is taken orally, no matter with or without food.
- Dicyclomine is taken with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL).
Consult with your health care provider any aspects you may have about how to use Bentyl.
Bentyl blocks a chemical in the smooth muscle of the stomach and intestines and relax them. In this way the effect of reducing cramping is achieved.
If a dose of Bentyl is missed, use it as soon as possible or skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. You must not use 2 doses at once.
Bentyl should be stored at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C) in a tightly closed container. Short periods may be permitted at temperatures of 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C). Dicyclomine should be stored away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Bentyl should be kept out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Bentyl Safety information
Bentyl must not be used if you have:
- heart problems due to severe bleeding;
- allergy to any ingredient in Dicyclomine;
- blockage or inflammation of the esophagus, stomach, intestine, or urinary tract, loss of strength in the intestinal muscles;
- chronic inflammation and ulceration of the bowel;
- myasthenia gravis (a condition in which the muscles become progressively paralyzed);
- you are breast-feeding or pregnant.
Consult with your doctor or health care provider if you have any of these contraindications.
Important to know:
- Use Dicyclomine with caution and do not drive or perform any other unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it because Bentyl (Dicyclomine) may cause drowsiness, light-headedness or dizziness and blurred vision. The effects are intensified if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines.
- Sit down or stand up carefully, especially in the morning while taking Dicyclomine. You should sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.
- Try not to become overheated in hot weather or while you are being active; heatstroke may occur.
- Your eyes may become more sensitive to sunlight. It may help to wear sunglasses.
- Bentyl should be used with caution in the elderly; because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Do not use Bentyl in children younger than 6 months old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: The benefits and risks should be discussed of using Bentyl with your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Bentyl is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Bentyl.
- Bentyl should be used only by the person for whom it is prescribed. It must not be shared with other people.
- If your symptoms become worse or do not improve, consult with your doctor.
- Decreased sweating; blurred vision; constipation; difficulty sleeping; dizziness, drowsiness or light-headedness, nervousness; dry mouth; loss of taste; headache; nausea.
- Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); agitation; confusion; diarrhea; difficulty focusing your eyes; difficulty, speaking, moving or urinating, disorientation; exaggerated sense of well-being; fainting; hallucinations; pounding in the chest; rapid heartbeat; short-term memory loss; unusual weakness; vomiting.
Bentyl Side Effects
Discuss further treatment with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
If any of these severe side effects occur seek medical attention right away: