Levsin

 
What is Levsin and why is it prescribed?
Levsin is an antispasmodic medication given to help treat various stomach, intestinal, and urinary tract disorders that involve cramps, colic, or other painful muscle contractions. Because Levsin has a drying effect, it may also be used to dry a runny nose or to dry excess secretions before anesthesia is administered. Together with morphine or other narcotics, Levsin is prescribed for the pain of gallstones or kidney stones. For inflammation of the pancreas, Levsin may be used to help control excess secretions and reduce pain. Levsin may also be taken in Parkinson's disease to help reduce muscle rigidity and tremors and to help control drooling and excess sweating. Levsin is sometimes prescribed during treatment for peptic ulcer. Doctors also give Levsin as part of the preparation for certain diagnostic x-rays. Levsin comes in several forms, including regular tablets, tablets to be dissolved under the tongue, tablets that dissolve on the tongue (NuLev), sustained-release capsules (Levsinex Timecaps) and sustained-release tablets (Levbid), liquid, drops, and an injectable solution. Levsin may make you sweat less, causing your body temperature to increase and putting you at the risk of heatstroke. Try to stay inside as much as possible on hot days, and avoid warm places such as very hot baths and saunas.

How should you take Levsin?
Follow your doctors directions for taking Levsin. If you take Levsin for a stomach disorder, you may also need to take antacid medication. However, antacids make Levsin more difficult for the body to absorb. To minimize this problem, take Levsin before meals and the antacid after meals. Take Levsin exactly as prescribed. Although the sublingual tablets are designed to be dissolved under the tongue, they may also be chewed or swallowed. The regular Levsin tablets should be swallowed. Levsin extended-release tablets should not be crushed or chewed. Levsin can cause dry mouth. For temporary relief, suck on a hard candy or chew gum. If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once. Store Levsin at room temperature.

Are there any Levsin side effects?
Levsin side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Levsin side effects may include allergic reactions, bloating, blurred vision, confusion, constipation, decreased sweating, dilated pupils, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, excitement, headache, hives impotence, inability to urinate insomnia, itching, heart palpitations, lack of coordination loss of sense of taste, nausea, nervousness, rapid heartbeat, skin reactions, speech problems, vomiting, and weakness.

What are the possible food and drug interactions when taking Levsin?
If Levsin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Be sure to inform your doctor of all the prescription and over the counter medications you are taking. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Levsin with Amantadine (Symmetrel), Antacids, Antidepressant drugs (such as Elavil, Nardil, Parnate, and Tofranil), Antihistamines (such as Benadryl), Major tranquilizers (such as Thorazine and Haldol), Other antispasmodic drugs (such as Bentyl), or Potassium supplements (such as Slow-K).

Are there any special warnings about Levsin?
Be careful using Levsin if you have an overactive thyroid gland, heart disease, congestive heart failure, irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, or kidney disease. Because Levsin may make you dizzy or drowsy, or blur your vision, do not drive, operate other machinery, or do any other hazardous work while taking this medication. While you are taking Levsin, you may experience confusion, disorientation, short-term memory loss, hallucinations, difficulty speaking, lack of coordination, coma, an exaggerated sense of well-being, decreased anxiety, fatigue, sleeplessness and agitation. These symptoms should disappear 12 to 48 hours after you stop taking Levsin.
 

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