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Oxytrol

(Oxybutynin)

  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Patch
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Treats an overactive bladder.

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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

Oxytrol (Oxybutynin) is a good treatment for overactive bladder, but watch out for side effects such as dry mouth and constipation.

  • Oxytrol (Oxybutynin) is effective at treating overactive bladder by lowering the urge to urinate, and helping to better control urination.
  • Available in multiple forms: a patch, gel, extended-release tablet, and tablet.
  • The gel form of Oxytrol (Oxybutynin) is available over the counter without a prescription.
  • Oxytrol (Oxybutynin) patch and gel have fewer side effects than taking the tablet.
  • The tablet is available as a generic.
  • Generally not recommended to use in people ages 65 and older since it can cause drowsiness and increase the risk of falls.
  • Can’t be used if you have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma.
  • Not recommended if you have ulcerative colitis or certain other stomach problems since Oxytrol (Oxybutynin) can slow stomach emptying.
  • Not the best choice if you have GERD (acid reflux), since Oxytrol (Oxybutynin) can irritate your throat and make the acid reflux worse.
  • Has more side effects than newer medicines that treat overactive bladder.

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Side effects for Oxytrol (Oxybutynin)

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These are side effects of Oxytrol (Oxybutynin) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Oxytrol (Oxybutynin)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Might cause dry mouth, constipation, drowsiness, dizziness, and blurry vision.
  • To prevent dry mouth, avoid using mouthwashes with alcohol, chew on sugar-free gum, and take small sips of water as needed.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • Let your doctor know if your symptoms don’t get better in two weeks. There could be other causes of your bladder problems or you may need to try a different medicine.
  • Can cause drowsiness, so avoid taking with alcohol or other medicines that make you sleepy.

Risks and Warnings for Oxytrol (Oxybutynin)

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  • Angioedema, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat can happen when taking Oxytrol (Oxybutynin) tablets. Seek medical attention immediately if this happens to you.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Oxytrol (Oxybutynin)

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The FDA category for this medication is B. It is advised that you: Probably safe
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Alcohol
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • To prevent dry mouth, avoid using mouthwashes with alcohol, chew on sugar-free gum, and take small sips of water as needed.
  • Can cause drowsiness, so avoid taking with alcohol or other medicines that make you sleepy.
Food
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Can be taken with or without food.
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  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Generally not recommended to use in people ages 65 and older since it can cause drowsiness and increase the risk of falls.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Might cause dry mouth, constipation, drowsiness, dizziness, and blurry vision.
  • Can cause drowsiness, so avoid taking with alcohol or other medicines that make you sleepy.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Oxytrol (Oxybutynin) can cause drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, hallucinations, or blurred vision. Avoid driving, operating machinery, or doing anything that requires you to be alert until you know how Oxytrol (Oxybutynin) affects you.