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Detrol

Generic Name: tolterodine (tol TER oh deen)
Brand Names: Detrol, Detrol LA
Detrol is used to treat overactive bladder symptoms of urinary frequency, urgency, and incontinence. Learn about side effects, interactions and indications.
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Drug Information:
Detrol (tolterodine) reduces spasms of the bladder muscles. Detrol is used to treat overactive bladder with symptoms of urinary frequency, urgency, and incontinence. Detrol may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide. Do not take Detrol if you are allergic to tolterodine or or fesoterodine (Toviaz), if you have untreated or uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma, or if you have a blockage of the urinary tract, stomach, or intestines. Before you take Detrol, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, or a personal or family history of "Long QT syndrome." Learn more

Detrol Side Effects

Detrol Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about tolterodine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Detrol.

In Summary

Common side effects of Detrol include: xerostomia. Other side effects include: constipation, dyspepsia, and dizziness. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to tolterodine: oral capsule extended release, oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, tolterodine (the active ingredient contained in Detrol) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking tolterodine:

More common

  • Abnormal vision, including difficulty with adjusting to distances
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • frequent urge to urinate

Less common

  • Chest pain
  • chills
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle aches and pains
  • nausea
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • shivering
  • shortness of breath or troubled breathing
  • sore throat
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • sweating
  • tightness of the chest or wheezing
  • trouble with sleeping
  • vomiting

Incidence not known

  • Being forgetful
  • bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, ankles, lower legs, or feet
  • confusion about identity, place, and time
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
  • hives
  • itching
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • mood or mental changes
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rapid weight gain
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • skin rash
  • tingling of the hands or feet
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • unusual weight gain or loss

Some side effects of tolterodine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • constipation
  • drowsiness
  • dry eyes
  • dry mouth
  • upset stomach

Less common

  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • blurred vision
  • difficulty with moving
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • dry skin
  • fear or nervousness
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • sensation of spinning
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • stomach discomfort
  • weight gain

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to tolterodine: oral capsule extended release, oral tablet

Cardiovascular

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Palpitations, arrhythmia, abnormal ECG, hypertension

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Cardiac failure

Postmarketing reports: Tachycardia, peripheral edema, flushing

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Dry skin, acne, rash/erythema

Postmarketing reports: Angioedema

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Dry mouth (35%)

Common (1% to 10%): Abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia, flatulence, ulcerated stomatitis

Frequency not reported: Gastroesophageal reflux, vomiting

General

The most common adverse events reported were dry mouth, headache, constipation, vertigo/dizziness, and abdominal pain. Dry mouth, constipation, abnormal vision (accommodation abnormalities), urinary retention, and xerophthalmia are expected side effects of antimuscarinic agents.

Genitourinary

Common (1% to 10%): Dysuria, urinary tract infection, micturition frequent

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Urinary retention

Hypersensitivity

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypersensitivity not otherwise specified

Postmarketing reports: Anaphylaxis

Immunologic

Common (1% to 10%): Influenza-like symptoms, infection

Metabolic

Common (1% to 10%): Weight gain, abnormal alkaline phosphatase, enzyme abnormality

Musculoskeletal

Common (1% to 10%): Arthralgia, leg pain

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, vertigo/dizziness, migraine

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Paresthesia, memory impairment

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Convulsions

Ocular

Common (1% to 10%): Abnormal accommodation, xerophthalmia, vision abnormal

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue, chest pain, malaise, pain, fall

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Somnolence, anxiety

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Nervousness

Postmarketing reports: Confusion, disorientation, memory impairment, hallucinations, aggravation of symptoms of dementia (e.g., confusion, disorientation, delusion) after therapy was initiated in patients taking cholinesterase inhibitors for the treatment of dementia

Renal

Postmarketing reports: Renal dysfunction

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, coughing, dyspnea

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Detrol