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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Levbid

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 08/10/1999]
Question: I have been prescribed levbid for IBS which I've been contending with for about 10 years. I've only been on the drug about 1 1/2 months. On a wevsite, I saw a precaution against taking levbid it you have bloating--a big symptom of my IBS. I've noticed, what I believe are sharp gas pains at times, since I've started the med, but bloating is down, somewhat. Is this a concern? Would there be a better alterantive to releive the bloating? (tried levsin with almost no effect)

Answer: Not a problem, as you note, one of the drugs that we use with bloating.

Levbid [posted 8/12/98]
Question: Your explanation of Levbid tells what it does, but did not include side effects. Please provide them.

Answer: Side effects include dry mouth, blurred vision, urinary retention or hesitancy, tachycardia, increased ocular tension (to be avoided with any history of glaucoma), constipation, and hives.

Side Effects
Question: What are the side effects of Levbid, and what does it do?

Answer:Levbid and Levbid SR is the brand name for hyoscyamine hydrochloride. This drug is used to treat hypermotility, bladder spasm and excess acid production in peptic ulcer. It works by inhibiting the action of acetylcholine on neuro receptors. Consequently, it is effective in treating a wide range of disorders with excess GI motility, excess bladder spasm or tone etc.

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