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What is Bentyl?

Bentyl is an oral medication made up of dicyclomine, which is an anticholinergics/antispasmodics. Bentyl is usually blue, but can come in other colors if you buy a generic version. We carry the brand name Bentyl in 20mg doses.


What is Bentyl used for?

Bentyl is used most commonly used for a condition called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). People who have irritable bowel syndrome often experience abdominal pain and cramping, excess gas and bloating, and sudden, urgent needs to urinate/defecate. These are just some of the symptoms seen in IBS.


How does Bentyl work?

The dicyclomine in Bentyl works to help IBS by relaxing the muscles in the stomach and intestines and slowing down the natural movement that occurs in your gut.

Always follow directions given to you by your doctor. You should have instructions available on your prescription bottle as well.

Bentyl is most commonly taken 4 times each day. Your doctor may change your dose every now and then to ensure you are getting the best results possible.

Take Bentyl with a full glass of water (8 ounces).

Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture. Keep out of reach of children and small pets.


Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant. Do not breastfeed while on this medication.

You should not take this medication if you have:

problems with urination; a bowel obstruction or severe constipation; severe ulcerative colitis or toxic megacolon; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); a serious heart condition or active bleeding; glaucoma; or myasthenia gravis;

Also be sure to mention to your doctor if you have or have ever had;

ulcerative colitis; an ileostomy or colostomy; a nerve problem (such as numbness or tingling); liver or kidney disease; heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, or a heart rhythm disorder; hiatal hernia; or an enlarged prostate.

Side Effects

Side effects include;

Dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, weakness, blurred vision, dry eyes, dry mouth, nausea, constipation, and abdominal bloating

If you notice any of the following, consult your doctor immediately;

severe constipation, bloating, or stomach pain; worsening of diarrhea or other irritable bowel symptoms; feeling very thirsty or hot, being unable to urinate, heavy sweating, or hot and dry skin confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior; or pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest.


What is Dicyclomine?

Dicyclomine, also known as Dicycloverine, is the active ingredient that makes up the brand-name medication Bentyl. It is an anticholinergic and antispasmodic drug that has been used in medicine since 1950. Bentyl contains 10 or 20 mg of Dicyclomine; at My Drug Center, we carry the 10mg capsule of Bentyl. A valid prescription will be required to obtain this medication.


What is Dicyclomine used for?

Dicyclomine (Bentyl) is used for both functional and irritable bowel syndrome. Within these conditions, the muscles in the stomach and/or intestine can spasm. Spasms can occur after mild stimulation or normal events such as eating or bloating from gas; even stress can cause a spasm to occur. These spasms cause sudden severe pain in the abdominal, especially the lower left abdomen. Using Bentyl can help treat the stomach and intestinal spasms that occur within these conditions.


What does Bentyl do?

Bentyl belongs to the drug class of anticholinergics. These types of drugs have an effect on certain muscles in the stomach and intestine called smooth muscles. Bentyl relaxes these muscles which help to relieve the spasms. Additionally, Bentyl can slow the natural movement that occurs inside your gut.


How long does Bentyl stay in your system?

Bentyl will likely remain in the system for around 25 hours following your last dose. Keep in mind, this is only an estimation as to how long it may take; the exact length of time will vary. You can estimate how long a drug may remain in the system for by multiplying the half-life of the drug by 5; Bentyl has a half-life of 5 hours.


How quickly does Bentyl work?

The medication will begin to work fairly quickly as peak concentrations are seen within 60-90 minutes after administration. Therefore, you may find relief in your system about 1-2 hours after your first dose.


How long does Bentyl last?

The effects will likely persist for a different length of time for each individual using the medication. Each patient has many personal factors that may influence how long Bentyl remains effective for. Generally, Bentyl effects last for around 6 hours. Though, some patients report feeling relief for up to 10 hours.


What are the side effects of Dicyclomine?

Some common side effects of Dicyclomine include dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, weakness, blurred vision, dry eyes or mouth, and nausea. Most side effects, such as the ones mentioned, should not alarm you. However, you should consult your doctor if they persist or become unmanageable. Keep in mind, not all side effects have been listed here.


How to take Dicyclomine? 

Your doctor will go over everything you need to know when prescribing the medication to you, including how and when to take Dicyclomine for the best results. Follow those directions very carefully.

How to take Bentyl (Dicyclomine): Take the capsule with a full glass of water, swallowing it whole without chewing, crushing, or breaking it open. You may take the dose with or without food, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

When to take Bentyl (Dicyclomine): Take your dose 4 times per day. Your doctor may or may not have a specific time for you to take each dose.


How often can you take Bentyl?

You can take up to 40mg 4 times per day (after the first week of treatment using 20mg) to equal a daily maximum of 160mg for up to 14 days (2 weeks). If no improvement is shown after 2 weeks of treatment, treatment should be discontinued. However, keep in mind that there may be personal factors that influence how often you can take this medication and, therefore, you should discuss this question with your doctor for a more personally accurate answer.


How much does Bentyl cost?

Brand-name Bentyl can be purchased at My Drug Center for $38.00 ($0.38 per capsule) when you buy a supply of 100 capsules. Additionally, the higher the quantity, the lower the unit price is, for example; it would only cost you $0.25 per capsule if you ordered 300 capsules. We carry quantities of 100, 200, and 300. You can call our toll free number of 1-877-385-8998 to place an order; keep in mind, a valid prescription will be required.

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