What do oxybutynin tablets do?
OXYBUTYNIN (Ditropan(R), Ditropan XL(R)) is an antispasmodic medicine that helps control overactive bladder, a chronic condition that can be improved with medication. Oxybutynin may reduce the frequency of bathroom visits and may help to control wetting accidents. Generic oxybutynin tablets are available.
What should my health care professional know before I take oxybutynin?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
• heart or blood vessel disease
• high blood pressure
• kidney disease
• liver disease
• myasthenia gravis
• nervous system disease
• over active thyroid
• prostate trouble
• stomach problems, intestinal obstruction or ulcerative colitis
• an unusual or allergic reaction to oxybutynin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
• pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take oxybutynin tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. Oxybutynin works best on an empty stomach. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with oxybutynin?
• some medicines for gastrointestinal problems
• medicines for mental problems and psychotic disturbances
• medicines for movement abnormalities as in Parkinson's disease
• medicines for pain or sleep
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including nonprescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking oxybutynin?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
• confusion, nervousness
• difficulty breathing
• eye pain
• flushing (reddening of the skin)
• memory loss
• skin rash (hives), itching
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
• blurred vision
• decreased sweating
• dizziness, drowsiness
• dry mouth
• pain or difficulty passing urine
• sexual difficulties (impotence)