Propiverine is used to treat symptoms of overactive bladder. It helps control the urge to urinate.
Take Propiverine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may take this medicine with or without food or on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.
Propiverine is available as a tablet and a modified-release capsule.
If you are taking the tablet, swallow it whole with a glass of water. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet.
If you are taking the modified-release type of capsule (usually labeled as “XL”), swallow it whole with a glass of water. Do not divide, chew or crush the capsule.
Propiverine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better/well. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- significant bladder obstruction
- stomach or bowel obstruction disorder
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
- myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness disorder)
- intestinal atony (loss of function of the muscles that controls your bowel movements)
- ulcerative colitis (severe inflammation of the bowel)
- toxic megacolon (enlarged bowel)
- moderate or severe liver disease
as Propiverine may not be suitable for you.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- nerve problems
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- heart disease e.g. fast or irregular heartbeat, heart failure
- hiatal hernia (part of the stomach bulges into the chest)
- enlargement of the prostate gland (men)
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
Propiverine may cause drowsiness, tiredness and visual disturbances. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert or need to see clearly.
Other side effects may include any of the following: dry mouth, headache, stomach pain, indigestion and constipation.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- difficulty in breathing
- swelling of the face, lips, throat with rashes
- acute attack of glaucoma (seeing coloured rings around lights or pain around the eyes)
- irregular heartbeat
- confusion and hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not existent)
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- medicines to treat depression e.g. imipramine, amitriptyline
- medicines to treat mood disorders e.g. haloperidol
- medicines to treat asthma e.g. ipratropium, tiotropium
- medicines to treat glaucoma e.g. carbachol, pilocarpine
- medicines to treat tuberculosis e.g. isoniazid, rifampicin
- medicines to treat nausea and vomiting e.g. metoclopramide
- medicines for sleeping problems e.g. benzodiazepines
- medicines for Parkinson’s disease (a brain disease that affects movement) e.g. amantadine
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Propiverine.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.