Dicyclomine or Diovanic Acid is a chemical drug found to be beneficial in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. The use of this drug is prescribed for individuals who suffer from irritable bowel symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal bloating, constipation and abdominal pain. Dicyclomine, also known as Diovanic Acid, is commonly used to cure a certain kind of digestive problem referred to as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Dicyclomine works by reducing the symptoms of abdominal and intestinal cramping. This medicine works by relaxing the digestive muscles and by reducing the involuntary movements of the intestines and stomach. Dicyclomines belongs to a category of medicines called antispasmodics/anti-anxiety drugs.
Dicyclomines is generally taken to treat mild cases of IBS, as a single dose may not provide relief for severe stomach pains and bloating. However, taking more than one dose can cause severe complications such as ulcers, liver damage, ulcerative colitis and peptic ulcers. Also, using the drug to cure irritable bowel syndrome may cause birth defects. If you or a member of your family is taking any other medication or supplements for this condition, then you should discontinue them and avoid the use of Dicyclomines as soon as possible.
You should be aware of the possible side effects when taking this drug and how they may affect your symptoms. There is no evidence to suggest that Dicyclomines causes birth defects, but there is a risk of having an allergic reaction or being hypersensitive to the drug. The list of possible side effects includes headache, drowsiness, difficulty breathing, vomiting, nausea, skin rash, stomach cramps, dizziness and abdominal bloating.
If you are pregnant or nursing, you are highly advised not to take this medicine. Some women have reported side effects of this drug when they use it while breastfeeding. You should also avoid using Dicyclomines if you are taking antibiotics, because these medicines have an effect on the mucous membrane in the gastrointestinal tract and this will be reflected in the severity of the side effects.
You should avoid using Dicyclomines if you are using any medicines to ease stomach pains such as aspirin, naproxen or ibuprofen. These medicines are known to act on the stomach muscles which cause a tightening of the mucous membrane.
You should also avoid drinking alcohol before you start using this drug. Alcohol acts as a diuretic, which can cause dehydration in your body.
There are certain products which contain dicyclomine as a main ingredient, so you should make sure that you do not take more than recommended dose or you could cause yourself any problems. Also, do not take more than the recommended dosage of this drug in order to avoid getting overdosage.
If you experience any of the following side effects, do not stop using the medicine immediately. This is because these side effects can occur due to the different combinations of ingredients used in the manufacture of Dicyclomine.
You may experience difficulty or pain when you are urinating or during bowel movements. This may also happen if you have diarrhea and you stop taking Dicyclomine immediately. You may experience an increased urge to urinate, especially when you go to the toilet.
Heartburn is a common side effect of this drug and it can come in the form of heartburn, chest pain or a feeling of tightness in the chest or throat. If you experience this heartburn for more than one day, you should stop taking the medication and consult your doctor. However, you should not stop taking Dicyclomine if you are pregnant or have just given birth.
If you become ill or experience fever, there is a chance that you may experience a rare side effect such as jaundice, anemia or hypoglycemia. These symptoms will clear up on their own and will disappear after you stop taking the medicine. You should not stop taking the medicine until you have gone to the doctor and he gives you the go ahead. However, if these symptoms continue or if the side effects persist after you stopped taking Dicyclomine, then it is better to see your doctor immediately.