Compare Oxybutynin vs. Toviaz

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Oxytrol (Oxybutynin)

Prescription only

Toviaz (fesoterodine)

Prescription only
Treats an overactive bladder.

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

Treats an overactive bladder.

Toviaz (fesoterodine) is a good treatment for overactive bladder, especially when exercises and other methods to control it haven't worked.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Toviaz (fesoterodine) is effective at treating overactive bladder by lowering the urge to urinate, and helping to better control urination.
  • Take Toviaz (fesoterodine) only once a day.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Only recommended after you've tried doing exercises, bladder training, and other changes to your lifestyle.
  • Can cause drowsiness and dizziness. The medicine can also raise your risk for falls.
  • Generally not recommended if you're 65 years or older.
  • Can't be used by people who have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma.
  • Not available as a generic.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Patch
  • Extended release
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Side effects
The Oxytrol (Oxybutynin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
6possible side effects
  • Dry mouth
    19%
  • Constipation
    4%
  • Upper chest infection
    3%
  • Indigestion
    2%
  • Cough
    2%
  • Back pain
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Unusual tongue swelling
  • Driving impairment
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Heat exhaustion
    • Outside in hot weather
    • Dehydrated
    • Exercising
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  • Facial swelling & breathing problems
  • Difficulty driving
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Vision changes
    • Glaucoma
  • Urinary retention
    • History of bladder problems
    • History of problems with your intestine
    • Taking more than one medicine for overactive bladder
    • Taking allergy medicines
  • Increased side effects
    • History of liver or kidney problems
    • History of a disease called Myasthenia Gravis
  • Heat exhaustion
    • Outside in hot weather
    • Dehydrated
    • Exercising
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