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Oxybutynin

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Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Ditropan XL®;Gelnique®;Oxytrol®
    • Canadian Brand Names: Apo-Oxybutynin®;Ditropan XL®;Dom-Oxybutynin;Mylan-Oxybutynin;Novo-Oxybutynin;Nu-Oxybutyn;Oxybutyn;Oxybutynine;Oxytrol®;PHL-Oxybutynin;PMS-Oxybutynin;Riva-Oxybutynin;Uromax®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Inprax;Lyrinel;Nefryl;Tavor
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antispasmodic Agent, Urinary

    Uses
    • It is used to treat an overactive bladder.
    • Oxybutynin raises how much the bladder holds and lowers the need to pass urine, passing urine often, and pain caused by spasm.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Oral:
    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Long-acting products: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • There is a liquid (syrup) if you cannot swallow pills.
    • Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.
    • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
    • Skin gel:
    • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Wash and dry the part of the skin that the gel will be used on.
    • Put on clean, dry, healthy skin on the belly, thigh, shoulder, or upper arm.
    • Move the site with each packet.
    • Let gel dry before covering with clothing.
    • Do not bathe, shower, or swim for 1 hour after putting on.
    • Avoid fire, flames, or smoking until the gel has dried.
    • Do not let your skin touch anyone else's skin while wearing the gel. Cover the treated skin with clothes.
    • Skin patch:
    • Take off old patch first.
    • Put patch on clean, dry, healthy skin on the buttock, belly, or hip. Move site with each new patch.
    • If the patch loosens, put tape over it to hold it in place.

    Missed Dose

    • Oral:
    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take two doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.
    • Skin gel:
    • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not put on two doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.
    • Skin patch:
    • Put on a missed patch as soon as you think about it after taking off the old one.
    • If it is close to the time for your next patch, place the new patch on.
    • Start a new timetable after the patch is put back in.
    • Do not put on two doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • Protect gel from heat.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to oxybutynin or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block, poorly controlled glaucoma, or you are not able to pass urine.

    Precautions

    • The patch may have metal. Take off the patch before an MRI.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Avoid beer, wine, or liquor or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions and reactions.
    • Be careful in hot weather. Drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Long-acting tablet shell in the stool.
    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Headache.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, exercising, or adding fiber to your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about a stool softener or laxative.
    • Dry mouth. Good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Skin irritation.

    Monitoring

    • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Dry mouth may cause more cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.
    • Follow up with the doctor.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Very nervous and excitable.
    • Very bad flushing.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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