Glycopyrrolate (Systemic)

Pediatric Medication

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This information from Lexicomp® explains what you need to know about this medication, including what it’s used for, how to take it, its side effects, and when to call your healthcare provider.

Brand Names: US

Cuvposa; Dartisla ODT; Glycate; Glyrx-PF; Robinul; Robinul-Forte

Brand Names: Canada

Cuvposa

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to reduce drooling.
  • In surgery, it is used to lower secretions such as saliva.
  • It may be given to your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

Tablets and oral-disintegrating tablets:

  • This drug is not approved for use in children. Talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has been given this form of this drug, talk with the doctor for information about the benefits and risks. Talk with the doctor if you have questions or concerns about giving this drug to your child.

What do I need to tell the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

  • If your child is allergic to this drug; any part of this drug; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had.
  • If your child has any of these health problems: Heart problems due to bleeding; glaucoma; GI (gastrointestinal) problems like bowel block, slow-moving GI tract, colitis, or bleeding ulcer; myasthenia gravis; or trouble passing urine.
  • If your child has ever had an enlarged colon.
  • If your child is taking potassium tablets.
  • If your child is taking any drugs that slow the movement of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract or that can raise the risk of bowel block. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask the doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • If your child takes other drugs called anticholinergics, like ipratropium or oxybutynin. Ask the doctor if you are not sure if any of your child’s drugs are anticholinergic.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.

Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe to give this drug with all of your child’s other drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

All products:

  • Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Have your child avoid tasks or actions that call for alertness or clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects your child. These are things like riding a bike, playing sports, or using items such as scissors, lawnmowers, electric scooters, toy cars, or motorized vehicles.
  • Alcohol may interact with this drug. Be sure your child does not drink alcohol.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before your child uses marijuana, other forms of cannabis, or prescription or OTC drugs that may slow your child’s actions.
  • If your child has constipation, talk with the doctor. There may be ways to lower this side effect.
  • Heat stroke has happened in people taking this drug. Have your child be careful in hot weather and during physical activity.
  • Have your child drink lots of noncaffeine liquids after the test is over unless told to drink less liquid by the doctor.
  • Bright lights may bother your child. Have your child wear sunglasses.
  • If the patient is a child, use this drug with care. The risk of some side effects may be higher in children.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to your child and the baby.

Injection:

  • Some products have benzyl alcohol. Do not give a product that has benzyl alcohol in it to a newborn or infant. Talk with the doctor to see if this product has benzyl alcohol in it.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Not sweating during activities or in warm temperatures.
  • Trouble passing urine.
  • Chest pain or pressure, a fast heartbeat, or an abnormal heartbeat.
  • Fast breathing.
  • Fever.
  • Larger pupils.
  • Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Diarrhea or constipation.
  • Bloating.
  • Swelling of belly.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Muscle weakness.

If your child is or may be sexually active:

  • Not able to get or keep an erection.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:

  • Dry mouth.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Stuffy nose.
  • Feeling dizzy, sleepy, tired, or weak.
  • Blurred eyesight.
  • Flushing.
  • Change in taste.
  • Headache.
  • Feeling nervous and excitable.
  • Trouble sleeping.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Oral solution:

  • Give on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals unless the doctor has told you otherwise.
  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this drug. If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure this drug.
  • Keep giving this drug to your child as you have been told by your child’s doctor or other health care provider, even if your child feels well.

Injection:

  • It is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

Oral solution:

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

Injection:

  • Call your child’s doctor to find out what to do.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

Oral solution:

  • Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.

Injection:

  • If you need to store this drug at home, talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

All products:

  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

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Last Reviewed Date

2022-01-05

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