Driptan for children
Enuresis is a common problem in childhood and the fight against it includes various measures, among which there are drugs. One of the most frequently used medications for incontinence is Driptan. Can I give it to children and how it affects the body of a small patient?
The medicine is made in the form of tablets and packaged in 30 or 60 pieces in one pack. They are white, round and convex on both sides. Each tablet on one side has a risk whereby the medication is divided into two equal parts if necessary.
The effect of the drug Driptan is due to oxybutynin in the form of hydrochloride. Such an active compound is presented in each tablet with a dose of 5 mg. It is supplemented with calcium stearate, lactose and microcrystalline cellulose.
The drug belongs to antispasmodic drugs, since oxybutynin in its composition is able to relax smooth muscle fibers, and also counteract acetylcholine, which also helps relieve smooth muscle spasm.
The main effect of this medicine is on the muscular layer of the bladder, called the detrusor.
Thanks to the ability to relax, such a medicine is in demand for unstable bladder function. Its reception prevents spontaneous contractions of the detrusor and allows for an increase in the volume of the bladder.
In childhood, Driptan is used for urinary incontinence, frequent urination and frequent urging to the toilet. caused by neurogenic or idiopathic bladder dysfunction. The drug is often prescribed for nocturnal enuresis, which occurs due to the detrusor hyperactivity.
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At what age is it allowed to take?
Children Driptan tablets prescribed from 5 years of age. Use at an earlier age is not recommended because of the high risk of adverse effects of the drug on the nervous system and the mental state of babies.
The drug should not be used for:
- Hypersensitivity to any of its components.
- Closed angle glaucoma.
- Increased body temperature.
- Impaired esophageal function.
- Pyloric stenosis.
- Ulcerative colitis.
- Intestinal obstruction or intestinal atony.
- Congenital disorders of carbohydrate metabolism.
- Lack of lactase.
Any other pathologies of the digestive tract, disorders of the nervous system, kidney or liver are the reason for giving the child Driptan with extreme caution.
Negative symptoms such as nausea, drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, dizziness, dry skin, headache may occur due to Driptan treatment.. In some children, the drug provokes urinary retention, dry eye mucosa, confusion, vomiting, and allergies. If you take the medicine for a long time, it affects the production of saliva and can cause caries.
Instructions for use and dosage
A child with a violation of the bladder and nocturnal enuresis is prescribed a double dose of half a tablet, which corresponds to a single dosage of 2.5 mg. If the tolerability of the drug is good, it is permissible to increase the dose at a time up to 5 mg (whole tablet).The last dose of the medication should be before bedtime. The doctor determines the duration of the course of treatment for an individual patient individually.
Excess doses of oxybutynin are dangerous due to the effect of this substance on the central nervous system, blood pressure and respiration. In severe cases, an overdose of Driptan can lead to coma.
Interaction with other drugs
The drug is not prescribed together with any other agent with anticholinergic effect. Driptan and atropine, antipsychotics, antihistamines, dipyridamole, and some other drugs noted in the annotation should be combined very carefully.
Terms of sale and storage
To buy Driptan in a pharmacy, you must first obtain a prescription from a doctor. On average, the price of a pack of 30 tablets is 600-650 rubles. The shelf life of the drug is 3 years. Until it expires, the medicine can be stored at home at a temperature of less than +30 degrees. It is important that the place of storage was inaccessible to the child.
There are a lot of positive reviews about the treatment with Driptan. In them, mothers confirm the effect of this drug and note that it helped from enuresis and other problems with urination. However, there are negative opinions in which parents mention short duration of action and side effects of tablets.
Instead of the drug Driptan, the doctor may prescribe other medicines with a similar therapeutic effect to the child with urinary incontinence, for example, drugs based on hopantenic acid (Pantokalcin, Gopantam, Pantogam). These drugs are referred to as nootropics and are often used when stuttering, tikah, mental retardation and other problems. At the same time, only a specialist should solve the issue of replacing Driptan with any other medicine.