Ditropan

Generic Name: Oxybutynin

  • What is Ditropan?

    Ditropan and Ditropan XL, the extended-release form of the drug, is used to treat symptoms of overactive bladder, including frequent urination, urgency (increased need to urinate), and urge incontinence (inability to control urination).

    Ditropan and Ditropan XL are also used in children who are suffering from urinary urge incontinence due to a neurological condition such as spina bifida (a birth defect that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Ditropan?

    Heat exhaustion or heatstroke due to decreased sweating can occur while you are taking Ditropan; you may become overheated in a warm environment or during increased physical activity. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience sudden or severe tiredness, weakness, anxiety, dizziness, or fainting.

    Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to Ditropan; this drug may cause dizziness or blurred vision. These effects may become worse if you take Ditropan with alcohol or certain medicines.

    Ditropan may aggravate the symptoms of overactive thyroid, heart disease or congestive heart failure, irregular or rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, or enlarged prostate.

  • Who should not take Ditropan?

    You should not take Ditropan if you have certain types of untreated glaucoma (excessive pressure in the eye), partial or complete blockage of the gastrointestinal tract, or paralytic ileus (impairment of the small intestines). Ditropan should also be avoided if you have severe colitis (inflamed colon), myasthenia gravis (a disease characterized by abnormal muscle weakness), or urinary tract obstruction (inability to urinate).

    Do not take this medication if you are sensitive to Ditropan or have ever had an allergic reaction to it.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Ditropan?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ditropan. Also talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have had liver, kidney, or digestive problems, or nervous disorders.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Ditropan

    Adults: The usual dose is one 5-milligram (mg) tablet taken two to three times a day. The maximum recommended daily dose is one 5-mg tablet four times a day. If you are elderly, your doctor may adjust your dose.

    Children ≥5 years: The usual dose is one 5-mg tablet two times a day. The maximum recommended daily dose is one 5-mg tablet three times a day.

    Ditropan XL

    Adults: The recommended starting dose is 5 or 10 mg once a day. If this proves insufficient, your doctor may increase the dose by 5 mg at weekly intervals, up to a maximum of 30 mg a day.

    Children ≥6 years: The recommended starting dose is 5 mg once a day. If this proves insufficient, your child's doctor may increase the dose by 5-mg increments, up to a maximum of 20 mg a day.

  • How should I take Ditropan?

    Ditropan may be taken with or without food. Take it exactly as prescribed. Ditropan can make your mouth dry. Sucking hard candies or melting bits of ice in your mouth can remedy the problem.

    Ditropan XL, a long-acting form of the drug, is available for once-a-day dosing. Ditropan XL tablets should be swallowed whole with plenty of fluid. Do not chew, crush, or break them.

    After taking Ditropan XL, you may notice something like a tablet in your stool. This is not a cause for concern. The outer coating of the extended-release tablet sometimes fails to dissolve along with the contents.

  • What should I avoid while taking Ditropan?

    Ditropan may cause drowsiness or blurred vision. Driving or operating dangerous machinery or participating in any hazardous activity that requires full mental alertness is not recommended until you know how this medication affects you.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Ditropan?

    If Ditropan is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either may be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Ditropan with alcohol or sedatives such as temazepam or triazolam because increased drowsiness may occur. You should also check with your doctor if you are taking any of the following: alendronate, antibiotics such as erythromycin and clarithromycin, antifungal medication, risedronate, and drugs used to treat spasms, such as dicyclomine, glycopyrrolate, hyoscyamine, and propantheline.

  • What are the possible side effects of Ditropan?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: constipation, decreased production of tears, decreased sweating, difficulty falling or staying asleep, dilation of the pupil of the eye, dim vision, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, inability to urinate, nausea, weakness

  • Can I receive Ditropan if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Ditropan during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Ditropan?

    Take the forgotten dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Ditropan?

    Store at room temperature in a tightly closed container.

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