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OXYTROL
OXYBUTYNIN - TRANSDERMAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

OXYBUTYNIN - TRANSDERMAL

(ox-ee-BYOU-tih-nin)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Oxytrol

Uses

This medication is used to treat muscle spasms of the bladder (overactive bladder) and the symptoms associated with it. These symptoms may include the inability to control urination (incontinence), feeling that one has to urinate (urgency), as well as having to go to the bathroom often (frequency).

How To Use

Use this medication exactly as prescribed. This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions you may have about this medicine. This medication is not recommended for use in children less than 5 years of age. Consult your doctor for more information. One patch is applied every 3 to 4 days and then replaced (i.e., the patch is changed twice a week); or use as directed by your doctor. Follow the dosing schedule carefully. Try to always change the patch on the same 2 days of the week to help you remember. Do not open the sealed pouch container until ready to apply the patch. Open the pouch and remove the protective liner from the patch to expose the adhesive. Apply the patch to a clean, dry, smooth area of skin on your stomach area (abdomen), hips, or buttocks. Press firmly to be sure the patch stays on. Apply to an area of skin that is under clothing and protected from sunlight. Avoid applying the patch on your waistline since tight clothing may rub the patch off or on areas where sitting may loosen it. Do not apply the patch to areas of skin that are irritated, oily, or to areas where lotions or powders have been applied. Contact with water when swimming, showering, bathing, or exercising will not change the way the drug works. Try to avoid rubbing the patch though during these activities. If the area around the patch becomes red, itchy, or irritated, try a new site. If irritation continues or becomes worse, notify your doctor promptly. If the patch falls off, reapply it or apply a new patch and wear it until the next patch should be applied. When it is time to apply a new patch, remove the old one and dispose of properly in the trash. Fold the sticky sides of the patch together and throw away where it cannot be accidentally worn or swallowed by another person, especially a child, or pet. Apply the new patch to a different area of skin to prevent skin irritation. Do not apply a patch to the same area within 7 days.

Side Effects

Skin redness, itching or irritation at the application site; dry mouth, drowsiness, headache, nausea or constipation may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: weakness, dizziness, vision problems, symptoms of urinary infection (urinary burning, urgent or frequent urination). Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: eye pain, difficulty urinating, severe stomach pain, chest pain, fast/irregular heartbeat, fever, mental/mood changes, flushing hot or dry skin. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: stomach problems (gastric retention), bladder problems (urinary retention), glaucoma (uncontrolled narrow angle). Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: muscle disease (e.g., myasthenia gravis), intestinal problems (e.g., ulcerative colitis, gastrointestinal blockage, atony), stomach problems (GERD, heartburn), heart problems (e.g., coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia), high blood pressure, liver disease, kidney disease, thyroid problems (e.g., hyperthyroidism), prostate problems (e.g., enlarged prostate), any allergies. This drug may cause drowsiness or blurred vision; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or operating machinery. Limit alcoholic beverages. This medication can cause decreased sweating. Avoid becoming overheated in hot weather, saunas, or during exercise or other activities since heatstroke may occur. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription products you may use, especially of: bisphosphonate drugs (e.g., alendronate, etidronate), anti-Parkinson's drugs (e.g., benztropine, trihexyphenidyl), other anticholinergic drugs (e.g., scopolamine, tolterodine). Also report other drugs that cause drowsiness such as: medicine for sleep (e.g., sedatives), tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam), narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines (e.g., phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine, or tricyclics such as amitriptyline), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine), muscle relaxants, antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g., diphenhydramine) including those contained in cough-and-cold products. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include restlessness, flushing, difficulty urinating, fast/irregular heartbeat, vomiting, or fever.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

Missed Dose

If you forget to change the patch on the day it is due, remove the old patch and apply a new one and continue to follow your original schedule for changing the patch. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in the original sealed pouch away from heat or light. Brief storage at 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.