Compare Detrol vs. oxybutynin

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Detrol (tolterodine)

Prescription only

Ditropan (oxybutynin)

Prescription or OTC
Treats overactive bladder.

Detrol (tolterodine) is a good treatment for overactive bladder after exercises and other methods to control it haven't worked.

Treats overactive bladder.

Ditropan (oxybutynin) is good treatment for overactive bladder, but has more side-effects like dry mouth and constipation than other medicines that work similarly.

Upsides
  • Detrol (tolterodine) is effective at treating overactive bladder by lowering the urge to urinate, and controlling urination.
  • The tablet is available as a generic in both extended and immediate release, so you can take it once or twice a day.
  • Available in several different formulations (pill, liquid, gel, patch) that help fit individual preferences.
  • The pill form is available in a cheap, generic version.
  • Works just as well as newer medications on the market in managing symptoms of an overactive bladder.
  • The patch form causes less side effects than the other forms of Ditropan (oxybutynin).
Downsides
  • Detrol (tolterodine) can cause drowsiness, dizziness and can increase your risk for falls.
  • Detrol (tolterodine) can cause severe dry mouth and eyes and constipation.
  • Generally not recommended if you are 65 or older.
  • Do not use if you have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma.
  • Raises the risk of falls, especially in older people.
  • Ditropan (oxybutynin) may not be a good treatment option if you also have narrow-angle glaucoma.
  • Causes more side effects like dry mouth than newer medications used for treating overactive bladder.
  • Older people who use Ditropan (oxybutynin) are at higher risk of experiencing memory problems as well as side effects such as confusion and blurry vision.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended-release pill
  • Liquid
  • Patch
  • Gel
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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Dry mouth
    23%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Constipation
    6%
  • Stomach pain
    4%
  • Indigestion
    3%
  • Dry eyes
    3%
  • Sleepiness
    3%
  • Tiredness
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    2%
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17possible side effects
  • Dry mouth
    35%
  • Constipation
    9%
  • Headache
    8%
  • Diarrhea
    8%
  • Insomnia
    6%
  • Drowsiness
    6%
  • Dizziness
    5%
  • Upset stomach
    5%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Blurry vision
    4%
  • Dry eyes
    3%
  • Fatigue
    3%
  • Taste changes
    2%
  • Cough
    2%
  • Dry throat
    2%
  • Dry nose
    2%
  • Inability to urinate
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Face, lips, neck or throat swelling
  • Dizziness and drowsiness
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
    • People age 65 or older
  • Vision changes
    • Glaucoma
  • Trouble urinating & stomach problems
    • History of bladder problems
    • History of stomach or intestine problems
  • Heartbeat problems
    • History of heartbeat problems
    • Taking medicines to conrol heartbeat
  • Liver and Kidney problems
    • History of liver problems
    • History of Kidney problems
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  • Drowsiness and confusion
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Vision changes
    • Glaucoma
  • Trouble urinating
    • History of bladder problems
    • History of problems with your intestine
    • Taking more than one medicine for overactive bladder or taking allergy medicines
  • More side effects
    • Taking high doses
    • Age over 65 years
  • Heat exhaustion
    • Outside in hot weather
    • Dehydrated
    • Exercising
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