DARIFENACIN

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Enablex
GENERIC NAME(S): DARIFENACIN HYDROBROMIDE

Description: Darifenacin is a potent, competitive and selective muscarinic receptor antagonist which has greater binding affinity for muscarinic M3 receptors involved in the contraction of the detrusor muscle of the bladder, GI smooth muscle, saliva production, and iris sphincter function. It thus increases bladder capacity.

Darifenacin is an antispasmodic used to treat an overactive bladder. It works by relaxing the muscles in the bladder, darifenacin improves your ability to control your urination.

How to use darifenacin
Take by mouth as prescribed by doctor.  Swallow tablet whole- do not crush or chew extended-release tablets.

Strictly follow only the prescribed dosage.

No warnings available

Side effects may range from mild to serious complications.  Consult your doctor immediately when you feel the following symptoms: Dry mouth, constipation, nausea, stomach upset, stomach pain, blurred vision, dry eyes, dizziness, or weakness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly, severe stomach/abdominal pain, constipation for 3 or more days, difficulty urinating, signs of kidney infection (such as burning/painful/frequent urination, fever, pink/bloody urine), mental/mood changes (such as confusion, hallucinations), eye pain/swelling/redness, vision changes (such as seeing rainbows around lights at night).

Seek emergency medical help if you expereince allergies (rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing) or the symptoms mentioned above while taking this drug.

Inform your doctor of your allergies (food or drugs), medical conditions and  medical history before taking this drug, especially of: difficulty urinating (urinary retention), other bladder problems (such as bladder outflow obstruction), stomach/intestinal blockage (gastric retention), liver disease, personal or family history of glaucoma (angle-closure type), bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis), slowed movement of stomach/intestines, constipation, enlarged prostate, a certain muscle/nerve disease (myasthenia gravis).

Do not perform activities that require alertness such as driving and using machinery because thid drug can make you dizzy.

This medication may make you sweat less, making you more likely to get heat stroke. For pregnant and nursing (breastfeeding) women, consult your doctor before using this medication.

Some products that may interact with this drug include: pramlintide, potassium tablets/capsules.

Overdose
Get medical emergency help immediately when you experience symptoms of overdose -fast/irregular heartbeat, agitation.

Missed Dose
Take it as soon as you remember.  Do not increase the dose to catch up. If it is less than 6 hours until the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.

Storage
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Discard the drug properly- do not throw in toilet or sink.

Brands
Available Brands
Enablex [ Novartis Healthcare ]

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