- dicycloverine hydrochloride
POM: Prescription only medicine
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Dicycloverine Hydrochloride 10mg/5ml Oral Solution
Dicycloverine Hydrochloride Oral Solution contains the active ingredient, dicycloverine hydrochloride.
Each 5ml solution contains 10mg dicycloverine hydrochloride.
Excipients with known effect:
Each 5ml solutioncontains 14.735mg of propylene glycol (E1520) and 3.696gof mixture of fructose, glucose and sucrose.
For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.
Clear, light yellow to yellow solution with a strawberry flavour
Dicycloverine Hydrochloride is a smooth muscle antispasmodic primarily indicated for treatment of functional conditions involving smooth muscle spasm of the gastrointestinal tract. The commonest of these are irritable colon (mucous colitis, spastic colon).
5-10ml (10 - 20mg) three times daily before or after meals.
Children (2-12 years):
5ml (10mg) three times daily.
Children (6 months - 2 years)
2.5-5ml (5 - 10mg) three or four times daily, 15 minutes before feeds.
Do not exceed a daily dose of 20ml (40mg).
Children (0 – 6 months)
Do not give this medicine to children under 6 months of age
Method of administration:
► Use the 2.5-5ml double-ended spoon supplied in the pack (see below) to measure the required dose.
► Swallow the solution.
► Wash the spoon with clean water after taking every dose.
Known idiosyncrasy to dicycloverine hydrochloride.
Infants under 6 months of age.
This medicine contains invert sugar. Patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance or glucose galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine.
This medicine contains 3.696g of a mixture of fructose, glucose and sucrose per dose (5ml). This should be taken into account in patients withdiabetes mellitus.
May be harmful to the teeth, if the medicine is intended for use for two weeks or more.
Products containing dicycloverine hydrochloride should be used with caution in any patient with or suspected of having glaucoma or prostatic hypertrophy.
Use with care in patients with hiatus hernia associated with reflux oesophagitis because anticholinergic drugs may aggravate the condition.
There are reports of infants, 3 months of age and under, administered dicycloverine hydrochloride syrup who have evidenced respiratory symptoms (breathing difficulty, shortness of breath, breathlessness, respiratory collapse, apnoea) as well as seizures, syncope, asphyxia, pulse rate fluctuations, muscular hypotonia and coma. The above symptoms have occurred within minutes of ingestion and lasted 20-30 minutes. The symptoms were reported in association with dicycloverine hydrochloride syrup therapy but the cause and effect relationship has neither been disproved or proved. The timing and nature of the reactions suggest that they were a consequence of local irritation and/or aspiration, rather than to a direct pharmacological effect. Although no causal relationship between these effects observed in infants and dicycloverine administration has been established, dicycloverine hydrochloride is contra-indicated in infants under 6 months of age.
Epidemiological studies in pregnant women with products containing dicycloverine hydrochloride (at doses up to 40mg/day) have not shown that dicycloverine hydrochloride increases the risk of foetal abnormalities if administered during the first trimester of pregnancy. Reproduction studies have been performed in rats and rabbits at doses of up to 100 times the maximum recommended dose (based on 60mg per day for an adult person) and have revealed no evidence of impaired fertility or harm to the foetus due to dicycloverine. Since the risk of teratogenicity cannot be excluded with absolute certainty for any product, the drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
It is not known whether dicycloverine is secreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when dicycloverine is administered to a nursing mother.
Side-effects seldom occur with Dicycloverine hydrochloride. However, in susceptible individuals, dry mouth, thirst and dizziness may occur. On rare occasions, fatigue, sedation, blurred vision, rash, constipation, anorexia, nausea and vomiting, headache and dysuria have also been reported.
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions:
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard in UK.
Symptoms of dicycloverine hydrochloride overdosage are headache, dizziness, nausea, dry mouth, difficulty in swallowing, dilated pupils and hot dry skin. Treatment may include emetics, gastric lavage and symptomatic therapy if indicated.
Dicycloverine hydrochloride relieves smooth muscle spasm of the gastrointestinal tract.
Animal studies indicate that this action is achieved via a dual mechanism;
(1) a specific anticholinergic effect (antimuscarinic at the ACh-receptor sites) and
(2) a direct effect upon smooth muscle (musculotropic).
After a single oral 20mg dose of dicycloverine hydrochloride in volunteers, peak plasma concentration reached a mean value of 58ng/ml in 1 to 1.5 hours. 14C labelled studies demonstrated comparable bioavailability from oral and intravenous administration. The principal route of elimination is via the urine.
Citric acid monohydrate (E330)
Invert syrup(contains glucose, sucrose and fructose)
Sodium benzoate (E211)
Strawberry flavour (contains propylene glycol (E1520) and natural flavouring substances)
In the absence of compatibility studies, this medicinal product must not be mixed with othermedicinal products.
This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.
Bottle: Amber glass
Closure: HDPE, EPE wadded, tamper evident, child resistant screw on white plastic polypropylene cap.
Dosing Device: Double ended plastic spoon with 2.5ml and 5ml measuring ends
Pack size: 100ml, 120ml, and 300ml
Not all pack sizes may be marketed
Any unused medicinal products or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.
Syri Limited, t/a Thame Laboratories
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HA4 0NU, UK
Unit 4, Bradfield Road, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 0NU
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+44 (0)208 515 3700
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