Ditropan

(oxybutynin)

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Treats overactive bladder.

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Our bottom line

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

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Quick facts about oxybutynin
  • Drug class: Renal
  • Rx status: Prescription or OTC
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (oxybutynin)

Upsides

  • 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).
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Downsides

  • 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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How it works

Ditropan (oxybutynin) is an anticholinergic, which relaxes the muscles of bladder wall and decrease urge to urinate.

Quick facts about oxybutynin
  • Drug class: Renal
  • Rx status: Prescription or OTC
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (oxybutynin)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended-release pill
  • Liquid
  • Patch
  • Gel
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What to expect when you take Ditropan (oxybutynin) for Overactive bladder

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
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Side effect rates for Ditropan (oxybutynin)

From 774 clinical trials of oxybutynin when taken for overactive bladder (5 - 30 mg/day (extended-release))
  • Dry mouth
    35%35%
  • Constipation
    9%9%
  • Headache
    8%8%
  • Diarrhea
    8%8%
  • Insomnia
    6%6%
  • Drowsiness
    6%6%
  • Dizziness
    5%5%
  • Upset stomach
    5%5%
  • Nausea
    5%5%
  • Blurry vision
    4%4%
  • Dry eyes
    3%3%
  • Fatigue
    3%3%
  • Taste changes
    2%2%
  • Cough
    2%2%
  • Dry throat
    2%2%
  • Dry nose
    2%2%
  • Inability to urinate
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Ditropan (oxybutynin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert

    Ditropan (oxybutynin) can make you drowsy and less alert especially when you first start taking it. Avoid doing things that require you to focus or be alert, such as driving a car, until you know how this medication affects you.

Common concerns from people taking Ditropan (oxybutynin)

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Alcohol
  • Use alcohol-free mouthwashes, chew sugar-free gum, or suck on ice to relieve symptoms of dry mouth while on Ditropan (oxybutynin).
Food
  • Take Ditropan (oxybutynin) with or without food.
Sleep
  • Taking high doses of Ditropan (oxybutynin) causes constipation, changes in urination, dizziness, and drowsiness. This raises your risks for falls, especially if you're elderly. Do not take more than what your doctor prescribes. Get emergency help right away if you experience vision changes, difficulty concentrating, and/or slowed breathing.