Other brand names: Antispas, Barbidonna, Donnapine, Hyosophen, Spasmolin
What is Donnatal?
Donnatal is classified as an Anticholinergic and is combination of two drugs: belladonna and phenobarbital. It is used to relax the muscles in the bladder and intestines as well as reduce stomach acid. Phenobarbital is a mild sedative.
Is Donnatal habit-forming?
Yes, phenobarbital can be habit-forming. It may not be appropriate for people who have been dependant on other drugs.
How is Donnatal taken?
Donnatal should be taken anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes before eating a meal. It should never be taken at the same time as antacids, as antacids can decrease the absorption of Donnatal.
Why is Donnatal prescribed?
Donnatal is used in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), diverticulosis, and bladder spasms.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If your next dose should be taken soon, just take that dose. Don't double up, or take more than one dose at a time.
Who should not take Donnatal?
Before taking Donnatal, tell your doctor if you have, or have ever had:
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- Congestive heart failure
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Intestinal blockage
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Myasthenia gravis
- Prostate enlargement (BPH)
- Severe mental disorder
- Severe ulcerative colitis where bowel movements have stopped