Gastrointestinal conditions are quite serious. They can inhibit a patient from comfort, restrict lifestyle, and if they go untreated they can lead to painful and costly medical procedures and emergency. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of the most common and painful gastrointestinal disorders a patient can have, and fortunately there is a drug that can help to significantly relieve the symptoms associated with this painful disorder.
Levbid is a member of the L-hyoscyamine family of medications, and it is efficient at relieving symptomatic spasms of the gastrointestinal tract. It also calms spasms in the bladder and biliary tract. The biliary tract is the “tubing” inside the human body that carries bile. Spasms of this tract lead to heartburn, colic, and severe indigestion and esophagus erosions.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not the only disorder that Levbid is used to treat, though it is the most common. It has been shown to be effective in treating colic in infants, renal and biliary colic, spastic bladder which can lead to incontinence, peptic ulcer and colitis, splenic flexure syndrome, and pancreatitis.
There is a host of potential drug interaction, and the patient needs to inform the prescribing physician of all medications, including over the counter supplements, prior to starting treatment with Levbid. While certainly not limited to, possible drug interactions include antihistamines, appetite suppressants, tricyclic antidepressants, amantadine, and medications containing quinidine.
Allergic reactions to Levbid are rare but serious and the patient should seek medical assistance if they begin to experience difficulty breathing or swelling of the face, throat, lips, or tongue. Hives may occur at the onset of an allergic reaction.
There are less invasive side effects, some which may very well require medical attention. Eye pain, rashes and flushing, or an irregular heart rate are dangerous side effects to Levbid.
Headaches and lightheadedness, or weakness may occur when starting Levbid. Nausea or heartburn or even constipation may complicate the effectiveness of the drug and these side effects should be reported to the prescribing physician. Decreased sweating can lead to heat stroke if care is not taken in hot weather. Blurry vision, changes in taste, difficulty urinating, and nasal congestion are considered common side effects of Levbid. These side effects are usually considered bothersome, but not inhibiting enough to stop the medication. The use of alcohol while taking Levbid is discouraged as it can increased any lightheadedness or dizziness experienced to dangerous levels when operating a car or machinery.
An overdose of Levbid can lead to a severe increase in side effects plus increase the sensations of hot and dry skin, cause severe anxiety and confusion, weaken the pulse and cause seizures. If a patient misses a dose it is recommended that the patient does not double the dose or take the missed dose close to the scheduled time of the following dose to avoid potential overdosing.
Levbid is not a drug to assist with blockages of the urinary tract or bowels. In fact, it can be hazardous to patients with kidney diseases, glaucoma, or myasthenia gravis. Great care should be exercised when prescribing Levbid to patients with tingling sensation in their extremities, liver disease, thyroid problems, hiatal hernia or reflux disease, high blood pressure or heart disease, prostate enlargement, allergies and asthma, or ulcerative colitis. It has yet to be determined if Levbid has any ill effect on fetuses or breast feeding babies.
Levbid, also available in the generic form L-hyoscyamine, has proven itself effective in treating gastrointestinal disorders and alleviated most of the symptoms in patients with these disorders. While the list of side effects is lengthy, most people do not find the side effects intolerable or unworthy of the relief they receive from the drug.
Generic name: L-hyoscyamine
Brand name(s): Anaspaz :: Cystospaz :: Cystospaz-M :: Levsin :: Levsin SL :: Levsinex SR
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