Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Raw Smooth Muscle Relaxant
Flavoxate hydrochloride CAS 3717-88-2
1. Basic Info
Type of medicine A urinary antimuscarinic antispasmodic medicine
Used for Bladder spasms; discomfort when passing urine; urinary
frequency, urgency and incontinence
Flavoxate is prescribed to treat urinary symptoms such as urgency,
frequency and incontinence. Urinary urgency occurs when you have a
sudden and urgent need to pass urine. If you need to take more
trips to the toilet than normal, this is called urinary frequency.
If you leak urine before you go to the toilet, this is called
These symptoms can cause you distress as well as being a hygiene
problem. There are several causes of urinary incontinence,
including weakened pelvic floor muscles and problems causing your
bladder muscles to go into spasm as a result of a medical
Flavoxate works by stopping sudden bladder muscle contractions and
increasing the volume of urine that your bladder can hold. This
helps to control urinary symptoms and eases any pain or discomfort.
3. Before taking flavoxate
Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions,
and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken.
For these reasons, before you start taking flavoxate it is
important that your doctor knows:
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
If you have a heart condition, such as an unusual heart rhythm,
problems with the blood vessels in your heart, or heart failure.
If you have any problems with your prostate gland.
If you have any of the following conditions: increased pressure in
your eye (glaucoma); hiatus hernia; an overactive thyroid; high
blood pressure; a condition causing muscle weakness, called
If you have a condition which could cause a blockage in your
stomach, bowel or urinary tract, or if you have noticed any blood
in your stools.
If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.
If you are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines
you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription,
such as herbal and complementary medicines.
4. How to take flavoxate
Before you start the treatment, read the manufacturer's printed
information leaflet from inside the pack. It will give you more
information about flavoxate and will provide you with a full list
of the side-effects which you may experience from taking it.
Take the tablets exactly as your doctor tells you to. The usual
dose is one tablet three times a day.
Try to take the tablets at the same times of day each day, as this
will help you to remember to take your doses regularly. You can
take flavoxate either before or after meals. Swallow the tablet
whole with a drink of water.
If you forget to take a dose at your usual time, take it as soon as
you remember. Try to take the correct number of doses each day but
do not take two doses at the same time to make up for a missed
5. Getting the most from your treatment
Try to keep your regular appointments with your doctor. This is so
your doctor can check on your progress and review your treatment.
Drinks containing caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, hot chocolate
and cola) may make your symptoms worse. This is because caffeine
increases urine flow (it is a natural diuretic) and will make you
want to pass urine. If you drink a lot of caffeine-containing
drinks, consider switching to decaffeinated alternatives.
Try to maintain a normal life as much as possible with regard to
drinking and visiting the toilet. However, drinking late at night
may mean your sleep is disturbed by the desire to get up and go to
the toilet, so you may want to avoid drinking too much during the
Your doctor may suggest that you do some pelvic floor exercises to
strengthen the muscles around the underside of your bladder. These
can help to improve your symptoms.
If you buy any medicines or herbal remedies, always check with a
pharmacist that they are suitable to take with flavoxate. Some
medicines (particularly antihistamines) can increase the chance
that you will experience unwanted effects such as a dry mouth and
6. Can flavoxate cause problems
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted
side-effects although not everyone experiences them. The table
below contains some of the common ones associated with flavoxate.
You will find a full list in the manufacturer's information leaflet
supplied with your medicine. The unwanted effects often improve as
your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor
or pharmacist if any of the following continue or become
|Flavoxate hydrochloride side-effects||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Feeling dizzy or sleepy, blurred vision||If this happens, do not drive or use tools or machines|
|Feeling sick, indigestion||Eat simple meals - avoid rich or spicy foods|
|Diarrhoea||Drink plenty of water to replace lost fluids|
|Dry mouth||Try chewing sugar-free gum or sucking sugar-free sweets|
|Headache||Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller|
|Feeling confused or nervous, a fast heartbeat, skin rash, pain when
passing urine, difficulty swallowing||If any of these become troublesome, speak with your doctor|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to
the tablets, please speak with your doctor or pharmacist for
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