Trospium Pharmacology

On this episode, I discuss trospium pharmacology, adverse effects, and important drug interactions you should know.

Trospium chloride (Sanctura) is a bladder antimuscarinic or anticholinergic. It blocks the action of acetylcholine in bladder smooth muscle. It is used for urinary frequency and overactive bladder. The immediate-release formulation is taken twice a day. There is an extended-release version that is more expensive.

As its classification suggests it is going to have anticholinergic effects that include dry eyes, dry mouth, constipation, urinary retention, GI tract slowing down, CNS sedation, and increased risk of falls. Compared to older bladder anticholinergics such as oxybutynin or tolterodine there is less CNS penetration. Hopefully, this will cause the patient to experience fewer CNS side effects. A downside to this being a newer medication is that it costs more.

Trospium is on the BEERS list. Look for medications started after the trospium that indicate anticholinergic side effects such as saliva substitutes, an increase in BPH medications, artificial tears, or constipation medications.

It should be administered on an empty stomach as food can block absorption. If the patient is currently taking it with food and seeing results there is no need to change how they are taking it.

Trospium is not metabolized by CYP enzymes minimizing drug interactions. Most interactions occur because of additive effects. Avoid using it with other medications on the BEERS list, especially other anticholinergic medications. Be cautious using other medications with sedative effects and CNS depression (benzodiazepines, sleep medications, opioids, alcohol) as they may have additive effects.

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Phenazopyridine Pharmacology

On this episode, I discuss phenazopyridine pharmacology, adverse effects, and potential drug interactions.

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Oxybutynin Pharmacology

On this episode, I discuss oxybutynin pharmacology, drug interactions, and adverse effects.

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Tamsulosin Pharmacology

On this episode of the RLP podcast, I discuss tamsulosin pharmacology.

Tamsulosin inhibits alpha receptors which helps improve urine flow in patients with BPH.

As an off-label use, you may see tamsulosin used to try to aid in the passage of renal stones.

Tamsulosin concentrations may be increased by CYP3A4 inhibitors and reduced by CYP3A4 inducers.

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Finasteride Pharmacology

On this episode of the RLP podcast, I discuss finasteride pharmacology.

Finasteride can be used in the management of BPH or male pattern baldness.

By reducing overall androgen burden, finasteride can help to shrink the prostate and improve BPH symptoms.

Finasteride takes a long time to work, so this is an important education point for patients.

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Mirabegron Pharmacology

Mirabegron is a beta-3 agonist that can help relax bladder smooth muscle and manage symptoms of overactive bladder.

Mirabegron inhibits CYP2D6 which can negatively impact the effectiveness of tamoxifen. I discuss this in greater detail in the podcast.

Tramadol and codeine effectiveness can be impacted by mirabegron. Be aware of this when using this medication.

By inhibiting CYP2D6, mirabegron can increase the concentrations of many psychotropic medications such as fluoxetine, aripiprazole, clozapine, and paroxetine. I discuss this further in this episode of the podcast.

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Urinary Anticholinergics RLP Episode 25

In this episode I discuss urinary anticholinergics and their effects.  I cover mechanism of action, side effects, clinical practice pearls, and of course some drug interactions to look out for.  Enjoy the episode and be sure to check out our free 31 page pharmacology study guide!

Alpha Blockers Pharmacology RLP Episode 017

On this episode, I discuss the pharmacology and side effects of alpha blockers as well as the differences between a selective alpha blocker versus a non-selective alpha blocker. Enjoy!

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5-Alpha-Reductase Inhibitors RLP Episode 016

5 Alpha-Reductase Inhibitors are most often used in the setting of BPH.  I discuss mechanism of action, uses, adverse drug reactions as well as some medications that can exacerbate BPH.  Hope you enjoy the episode!

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