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Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) belongs to the family of medications called anticholinergics. It is also an antispasmodic.
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Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) belongs to the family of medications called anticholinergics. It is also an antispasmodic. Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) is used to relieve symptoms associated with an Overactive Bladder, such as urinary urgency (a need to urinate right away), urinary frequency, leakage, or urge incontinence (leaking or wetting caused by an unstoppable urge to urinate).
Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) works by relaxing the muscles in the bladder. It helps to reduce bladder spasms, the urge to pass urine, and the frequency of urination.
Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
The usual adult dose of Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) is 5 mg taken 2 or 3 times daily, with a maximum dose of 5 mg taken 4 times daily.
For children over 5 years of age, the dose is 5 mg taken 2 times daily, to a maximum dose of 5 mg taken 3 times daily.
Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) may be taken on an empty stomach with water, but if stomach upset occurs, it may be taken with food or milk.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of these side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin).
Each blue, round, biconvex tablet, scored on one side and imprinted with "ICN 021" on the other side contains Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) chloride 5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, and FD&C Blue No. 1 Aluminum Lake.
Do not use Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) if you:
There may be an interaction between Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin).
Bladder obstruction: If you have significant bladder outflow obstruction, your doctor should closely monitor your condition while taking Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin). Report any change in your urinary or bladder habits to your doctor.
Body temperature: Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) causes a decrease in sweating, which is one of the body's ways of cooling off. When Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) is taken during very hot weather, it can cause fever and heat Stroke due to the body being unable to cool down enough. Take care not to overheat when you are taking Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin). Stay in a cool environment if possible, limit the length of time you spend outdoors, and drink plenty of water to reduce the risk of Heat Stroke.
Dental problems: Long-term use of Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) may reduce saliva, which can lead to dental problems such as cavities, Gingivitis, and discomfort. You should see your dentist regularly and let your dentist know about this and any other medications you may be taking.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) may cause drowsiness or blurred vision. Avoid activities requiring mental alertness, such as driving, operating machinery, or performing hazardous work, until you know how Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) affects you. Alcohol and other medications that cause drowsiness may increase the drowsiness caused by Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin).
Gastrointestinal disorders: Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) can slow down the movement of material through the digestive system. This can cause symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders to become worse, or create complications that can be life-threatening. If you have an obstructive gastrointestinal disorder, ulcerative colitis, or gastroesophageal reflux, discuss with your doctor how Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin), and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Heart conditions: The symptoms of heart disease, heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms, and high blood pressure can be aggravated by Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin). If you have any of these conditions, discuss with your doctor how Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin), and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Prostate enlargement: The symptoms of prostate enlargement may be made worse by Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin). If you have prostate enlargement or another problem involving the prostate gland, discuss with your doctor how Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin), and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Thyroid problems: The symptoms of overactive thyroid may be worsened by Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin). If you have an overactive thyroid, discuss with your doctor how Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin), and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Pregnancy: The safety of Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) for use during pregnancy has not been established. Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin), contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Oxybutyn (Oxybutynin) have not been established for children under 5 years old.
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