How do I take tolterodine?
Tolterodine is taken by mouth (orally) as tablets.
What side effects could I get with tolterodine?
The main side effects are dry mouth and headache. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor.
Tolterodine can affect the amount of urine that stays in your bladder and monitoring this before starting on medication is important. You should have your treatment checked by your doctor after two or three months.
How does tolterodine work?
Tolterodine is a type of drug called an anticholinergic. These drugs reduce the effects of the chemicals that pass nerve messages to the muscle in the bladder wall. This reduces the bladder's tendency to contract. The same chemical messenger activates the salivary glands, which is why a dry mouth is a common side effect. Tolterodine should start to have an effect within four weeks.
Last updated: August 2018
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