Propantheline, a Drug for Bladder Cramps


The following conditions can be treated with this medication:

  • Stomach or Peptic Ulcers
  • Excessive perspiration (hyperhidrosis)
  • Urinating uncontrollably or bedwetting
  • Excessive slurring of the tongue or drooling
  • Stomach, intestines, bladder cramps and spasms

 IUPAC Name: methyl-di(propan-2-yl)- [2-(9H-xanthene-9-carboxylic oxy) ethyl] azanium 

Drug Class: Anticholinergics

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Route of administration: Oral 

This is a prescribed drug not an OTC drug

Drug Action Mechanism 

The action of propantheline, an anticholinergic medication, is to lessen the amount of gastric acid in the stomach and helps in the relaxation of the muscles of the stomach, intestines and bladder.


It is advisable to consult a doctor or physician before taking this medication.

  • If the person is allergic to the drug or to other medications or if the person has any other allergies,
  • If the person is taking any prescribed, non-prescribed or any herbal medications,
  • If the person is suffering from myasthenia gravis, blockage in the stomach or intestines, glaucoma, bowel obstruction, ulcerative colitis, hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), hepatic illness (liver disease), kidney disease, hypertension, cardiac disease, nerve disorders, diarrhea, asthma
  • Limit the usage of alcohol since it increases the chances of developing blurred vision, dizziness or drowsiness. It may also cause a loss of alertness.
  • The adverse effects of this medication may affect elder people more severely
  • Consult a doctor if the person is pregnant or breastfeeding,
  • If patient has undergone any type of surgery i.e., eye or dental surgery,
  • Using this medication, one can avoid heart attack, being over heated in the hot weather, as well as during exercise or other vigorous activity.

Adverse Effects

Propantheline side effects include dizziness, dry mouth, drowsiness, vomiting, constipation, allergic reactions.

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