Valethamate

Description

Valethamate is an antispasmodic agent used for the treatment of gastrointestinal tract spasm, ureteric and biliary colic. This medicine is also used for cervical dilatation in the first stage of labor. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients who are suffering from severe liver and kidney diseases.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Valethamate

  • Fast heartbeat
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Chest pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Rash

Uses of Valethamate

What is it prescribed for?

  • Cervical dilatation
  • Ureteric Colic
  • Gastrointestinal tract spasm
  • Biliary colic
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    When administered intramuscularly, the onset of action can be observed within 20-30 minutes. For the other dosage forms, the amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/receiving this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/receiving this medicine. Your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding or to discontinue the drug based on your clinical condition.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Valethamate or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Sever liver impairment

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from severe liver diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Severe renal impairment

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from severe kidney diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Ulcerative Colitis

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with ulcerative colitis due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/receiving this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/receiving this medicine. Your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding or to discontinue the drug based on your clinical condition.
General warnings

Driving or Operating machinery

Use of this medicine may cause blurred vision or dizziness in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with this medicine.

Kidney Disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with mild to moderate kidney diseases due to the increased risk of adverse effects. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor on priority. Regular monitoring of the kidney function is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Liver Disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with mild to moderate liver diseases due to the increased risk of adverse effects. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor on priority. Regular monitoring of the liver function is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Other medicines

Valethamate may interact with many other medicines and may cause severe adverse effects. Hence, it is advised that you inform the doctor about all your current medicines including any herbs and supplements before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Use in Children

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients below 18 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established. However, your doctor may prescribe this medicine if the benefits significantly outweigh the risks. In such a case, the patient should be monitored closely for any adverse effects.

Missed Dose

Oral form: The missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is already time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose. Injection: Since this medicine is usually administered by a qualified health care professional in the clinical/hospital setting, the likelihood of a missed dose is very low.

Overdose

Oral form: Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose. Injection: Since this medicine is usually administered by a qualified healthcare professional in the clinical/hospital setting, the likelihood of an overdose is very low. However, emergency medical treatment will be instituted by the doctor if an overdose is suspected.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Domperidone

antihistamines

Amantadine

Tricyclic Antidepressants

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Oral form: Take this medicine exactly as instructed by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than prescribed. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any severe side effects. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor. Injection: This medicine is usually administered in the clinical/hospital setting under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional. Follow all the instructions given by your doctor. Inform the doctor if you have a known allergy to this medicine. Report all your current medicines as well as your medical conditions to the doctor before receiving this medicine.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by relaxing the smooth muscles of gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Antispasmodics

Schedule

Schedule H

Valethamate bromide [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 28 September 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/valethamate_bromide#section=Top

[Internet]. Ijrcog.org. 2019 [cited 25 February 2019]. Available from:

https://www.ijrcog.org/index.php/ijrcog/article/viewFile/1221/1125

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Information on this page was last updated on 25 Feb 2019

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