Dicycloverine (Molecule of the Month for February 2014)
Dicyclomine, Bentyl, Byclomine, Dibent, Di-Spaz, Dilomine, Bentylol
Dicycloverine is used to treat intestinal hypermotility, the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (also known as spastic colon). It relieves muscle spasms in the gastrointestinal tract by blocking the activity of a certain natural substance in the body. It is a smooth muscle relaxer.
Dicyclomine is an anticholinergic that blocks muscarinic receptors. Dicyclomine can cause a range of anticholinergic side effects such as dry mouth, nausea and at higher doses, deliriant effects. Abuse of this drug has been reported in Brazil.
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Update by Karl Harrison
(Molecule of the Month for February 2014 )