OXYBUTIN (DITROPAN) INDICATIONS
Oxybutin is used for relieving symptoms of bladder problems (urinary urgency, frequency, or leakage; loss of bladder control; and painful urination) in certain patients. Oxybutin is an anticholinergic. It works by relaxing muscles in the bladder.
OXYBUTIN (DITROPAN) INSTRUCTIONS
Use Oxybutin as directed by your doctor.
- Take Oxybutin by mouth with or without food.
- Take Oxybutin on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. Taking Oxybutin at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
- Continue to take Oxybutin event if you feel well. Do not miss any dose.
- If you miss a dose of Oxybutin, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Oxybutin.
OXYBUTIN (DITROPAN) STORAGE
Store Oxybutin at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tight container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Oxybutin out of the reach of children and away from pets.
OXYBUTIN (DITROPAN) MORE INFO:
Active Ingredient: Oxybutynin chloride.
Do NOT use Oxybutin if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Oxybutin
- you have bladder blockage or are unable to urinate
- you have certain stomach or bowel problems (eg, blockage, decreased muscle movement) or tightening of the esophagus
- you have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma
- you have heart problems caused by severe bleeding.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Oxybutin. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have trouble urinating or have very poor health
- if you have a history of heart problems (eg, heart failure, fast or irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, nervous system problems, esophagus problems (eg, reflux disease, inflammation), stomach or bowel problems (eg, colitis, inflammation), or hiatal hernia
- if you have a history of liver or kidney problems, myasthenia gravis, an enlarged prostate, an overactive thyroid, or glaucoma, or if you are at risk for glaucoma.
Some medicines may interact with Oxybutin. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Anticholinergics (eg, scopolamine), azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), or macrolide antibiotics (eg, erythromycin) because they may increase the risk of Oxybutin's side effects
- Bisphosphonates (eg, alendronate) because the risk of irritation of the esophagus may be increased
- Phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine) because their effectiveness may be decreased by Oxybutin and they may increase the risk of Oxybutin's side effects.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Oxybutin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Important safety information:
- Oxybutin may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Oxybutin with caution. Do not drive or perform other possible unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Check with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Oxybutin; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
- Oxybutin may cause decreased sweating. Do not become overheated in hot weather or while you are being active; heatstroke may occur. Contact your doctor if you have been exposed to high temperatures and you develop fever; flushing; hot, dry skin; severe or persistent headache; dizziness; sudden fatigue; fast heartbeat; seizures; or fainting.
- Oxybutin may cause dry mouth. To help relieve dry mouth, suck on sugarless hard candy or ice chips, chew sugarless gum, drink water, or use a saliva substitute. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
- Use Oxybutin with caution in the elderly; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Oxybutin should be used with extreme caution in children younger 5 years; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is not known if Oxybutin can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Oxybutin while you are pregnant. It is not known if Oxybutin is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Oxybutin, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
Blurred vision; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry eyes, nose, skin, or mouth; headache; indigestion; nausea; stomach pain; taste changes; trouble sleeping.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); confusion; difficult or painful urination; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; hallucinations; mental or mood changes (eg, agitation); seizures; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; vision problems.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider.