Detrol LA and Constipation
There are a number of side effects that may occur with Detrol LA, and constipation appears to be one of them. In clinical studies, up to 6 percent of people taking the drug for an overactive bladder experienced constipation. If you are taking Detrol LA and constipation becomes a problem, you can try making dietary and lifestyle changes to obtain relief.
Detrol® LA (tolterodine ER) is a prescription medication used to treat an overactive bladder. It belongs to a group of medications known as anticholinergics. As with all anticholinergics, Detrol LA can cause constipation.
Before medicines are approved, they must go through several clinical studies, where many people are given a particular medicine and compared to a group of people given a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredient). In these studies, side effects in both groups are carefully documented. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group taking the placebo.
In clinical studies, up to 6 percent of people taking Detrol LA experienced constipation, compared to 4 percent of people taking the placebo.
If you develop constipation on Detrol LA, talk to your healthcare provider. You can also try making a few dietary and lifestyle changes. Increasing fiber in your diet or adding bran to your food may be helpful. Drinking plenty of fluids and getting regular exercise can also contribute to constipation relief. It is important to understand that severe constipation can be quite serious; do not hesitate to talk with your healthcare provider if you are experiencing severe constipation due to Detrol LA.
(Click Constipation Treatment for more recommendations on treating constipation.)