Sympathomimetic Effects

I took medication containing sympathomimetics now I have difficulty urinating how long would this last.

Sympathomimetics are drugs that work on the sympathetic nervous system. They are administered to individuals with tightening of the bronchial tubes. They help to open up the bronchial tubes and thus enable the individual to breathe properly. These drugs may be used to treat conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, allergic reactions and bronchospasm. There are also sympathomimetic appetite suppressants available which help in the treatment of obesity. Sympathomimetics are known to result in various side effects and hence they must be taken only under medical supervision. The side effects of these drugs may range in severity based on the individual and the dosage. It is always a good idea to discuss the possibility of side effects of any drug with your doctor beforehand. It is also essential to strictly follow the doctor’s prescription regarding dosage so that side effects and overdose can be avoided.

There are certain common side effects on the body that could result from the medication. These include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Flatulence
  • Stomach trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Sweating,
  • Drowsiness
  • Dryness of the mouth

These side effects may be mild and are not usually a cause for concern. In case they become severe, it is advisable to consult a doctor. In some cases other side effects such as muscle tremors, elevated heart rate, palpitations, difficulty in urination and difficulty in breathing may occur. In such cases, it is best to notify your doctor. Some side effects may go away without medical attention. Some also subside once the body gets used to the medication. Your doctor will be able to advise you on ways to reduce the occurrence or severity of the side effects.

Due to the possibility of serious side effects, sympathomimetic drugs should not be used in a recreational manner. Long term use of such drugs can lead to physical and mental dependence.

answered by G R

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