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Trospium

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking trospium if you have:
 
  • Liver disease, including liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Glaucoma
  • Digestive problems (especially those that involve slow emptying of food from the stomach)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
     
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Trospium to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does It Work?

Trospium is one of a group of medications known as antimuscarinics or anticholinergics. This type of medication is used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Trospium works to treat bladder problems by blocking specific receptors in the bladder, called muscarinic receptors, which helps the muscles of the bladder to relax. Since an overactive bladder is often due to muscle contractions that are too frequent and uncontrollable, trospium can help relieve many of the associated symptoms.
 

Effects

Studies have shown trospium to be effective in relieving many of the symptoms of an overactive bladder. In clinical studies, people who took the drug significantly reduced the frequency of wetting accidents. Also, people who took trospium needed to urinate less frequently and were able to pass more urine each time (the frequent muscle contractions of an overactive bladder usually prevent the bladder from holding a normal amount of urine).
 
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