November 27, 2014
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Detrol

(tolterodine)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02239064 DETROL 1MG TABLET
02239065 DETROL 2MG TABLET

How does Detrol work? What will it do for me?

Tolterodine belongs to a group of medications known as antispasmodics and anticholinergics. It is used to treat people with overactive bladders who have symptoms including frequent urination, urgency, or involuntary loss of urine. Tolterodine helps these symptoms by preventing contractions or spasms of the bladder.

Relief from symptoms may not be seen until about 2 weeks after starting treatment with tolterodine, and more improvement is seen after 8 weeks.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Detrol?

The recommended adult starting dose for tolterodine is 2 mg twice daily, with or without food. The dose may be reduced to 1 mg twice daily based on individual response and needs.

For people with reduced liver or kidney function, and people taking certain medications, the recommended dose is 1 mg twice daily. Check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication regularly and exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Detrol come in?

1 mg
Each white, round, biconvex, film-coated tablet, engraved with arcs above and below the letters "TO", contains tolterodine L-tartrate 1 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate, cellulose microcrystalline, colloidal anhydrous silica, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, sodium starch glycolate (pH 3.0-5.0), stearic acid, and titanium dioxide.

2 mg
Each white, round, biconvex, film-coated tablet, engraved with arcs above and below the letters "DT", contains tolterodine L-tartrate 2 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate, cellulose microcrystalline, colloidal anhydrous silica, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, sodium starch glycolate (pH 3.0-5.0), stearic acid, and titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take Detrol?

Tolterodine should not be used by anyone who:

  • is allergic to tolterodine or any of the ingredients of the medication
  • has gastric retention (stomach obstruction)
  • has uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma
  • has urinary retention

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