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The prescription drug Bentyl® (dicyclomine hydrochloride) is commonly used for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It can help relieve the painful spasms associated with the condition by blocking specific receptors in the smooth muscles of the digestive tract. The medication comes in several forms, such as tablets, capsules, syrup, and an injection.
Although the drug is generally well tolerated, it is not suitable for everyone. Before using Bentyl, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on your medical history and a list of your current medications. In particular, let your healthcare provider know if you have problems such as liver disease, an overactive thyroid, or difficulty passing urine.
(For more information on this medication, click Bentyl. This full-length article discusses side effects, generic availability, other dosing guidelines, and more.)
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