An overview to this treatment for urinary issues caused by OAB or Spinal Injuries

Originally published on: April 6th, 2017. Last modified on June 28th, 2022

Propiverine hydrochloride is a medicine used to treat people who have urinary problems caused by an overactive bladder or by spinal cord injuries.  It works by preventing spasms of the bladder muscle, which can help to reduce the episodes of urinary incontinence or reduce the feeling of urgency that bladder spasms can cause.

Who is Propiverine suitable for?

Propiverine hydrochloride is not suitable for everyone so it’s important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

You may not be suitable for this medication if you:

  • are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • are urinating more than usual during the day or at night due to heart or kidney problems
  • have a hiatus hernia and reflux oesophagitis
  • have autonomic neuropathy
  • have bowel problems
  • have certain types of bladder problems which may cause urinary retention
  • have closed angle glaucoma which is not well controlled or are at risk of developing closed angle glaucoma
  • have gastrointestinal problems
  • have heart problems
  • have liver problems
  • have megacolon
  • have myasthenia gravis
  • have prostate problems
  • Have ulcerative colitis

Propiverine Side-effects

Everyone’s reaction to a medicine is different. You may experience some of the side effects of Propiverine listed below or none at all. If you are having problems with this medicine, it’s important to tell your GP immediately.

A very common side effect of taking Propiverine hydrochloride is dry mouth.

Common side effects of taking Propiverine hydrochloride are:

  • constipation
  • eye or eyesight problems

Further Help

If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, you will need to seek advice. If you feel very ill, get medical help straight away. Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, nurse or call NHS non-emergency number on 111 (You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation).

You can also access the service online via NHS 111.