Cuvposa (Generic Glycopyrrolate)
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Why is this medication prescribed?
Glycopyrrolate is used to treat ulcers in adults and children 12 years of age and older, usually in combination with other drugs. In children aged 3 to 16 with specific medical disorders that induce drooling, glycopyrrolate (Cuvposa) is used to lessen salivation and drooling. Glycopyrrolate belongs to the group of drugs known as anticholinergics. It reduces stomach acid and saliva production by inhibiting the body’s natural chemical from doing its job.
How should this medicine be used?
Glycopyrrolate is available as a tablet and a solution (liquid) for oral administration. The tablet is typically given twice or three times daily to treat ulcers. The solution is typically used three times daily to decrease saliva and drooling in kids with specific medical conditions. Take the medication empty-handed (at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal). Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Take glycopyrrolate as instructed by your doctor. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.
Your doctor will likely begin giving your child a small dose of the solution and progressively increase it over the course of four weeks.
Use a measuring spoon made for home use if you are giving the solution to a youngster. Use a special oral syringe designed for measuring liquid medication.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking glycopyrrolate,
- If you have any allergies, including to any of the substances in glycopyrrolate tablets or solution, notify your doctor and pharmacist right away. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- If you take extended-release (long-acting) potassium chloride pills or capsules, let your doctor know. If you are currently on this medicine, your doctor might advise against using glycopyrrolate.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Incorporate any of the following: medications for anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, mental illness, motion sickness, Parkinson’s disease, seizures, ulcers, or urinary problems; sedatives; tranquillizers; and tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline, amoxapine (Asendin), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Sinequan), and imipramine (Tofranil). Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects. Glycopyrrolate may also interact with a variety of other drugs, so be sure to let your doctor know about all the drugs you’re taking, even if they don’t appear on this list.
- Inform your doctor if you currently have or have ever had glaucoma, a blockage or narrowing of your stomach or intestines, paralytic ileus, problems urinating, or any of these conditions (condition in which digested food does not move through the intestines) Myasthenia gravis or toxic megacolon, a significant or even fatal enlargement of the intestine (a disorder of the nervous system that causes muscle weakness). Your physician might advise against taking glycopyrrolate.
- Inform your doctor if you have or have ever had a prostatic enlargement, ulcerative colitis (a condition that results in swelling and sores in the lining of the colon [large intestine] and rectum), an overactive thyroid, high blood pressure, heart failure, irregular or rapid heartbeats, coronary artery disease, a hiatal hernia with reflux, nervous system disorders, kidney or liver disease.
- Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking glycopyrrolate.
- Inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking glycopyrrolate if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.
- You should be aware that glycopyrrolate may produce impaired vision or make you feel sleepy. Prior to understanding how this drug affects you, avoid using machinery or driving a car.
- You should be aware that the body’s capacity to cool itself by sweating is decreased by glycopyrrolate. Avoid being in warm or extremely warm environments. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms: Lack of perspiration when it’s hot outside, hot, red skin, drowsiness, unconsciousness, a quick, weak heartbeat, rapid, shallow breathing, or fever.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects from glycopyrrolate are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Mouth ache
- Fuzzy vision
- Vision issues
- Loss of flavour
- Having trouble falling or staying asleep
- Uneasy stomach
- Bloated sensation
- Nasal obstruction
Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Even though the following signs are unusual, you should call your doctor right once if you notice any of them:
- Breathing or swallowing challenges
- Having trouble urinating or being unable to urinate
Other negative effects of glycopyrrolate are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.
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