Gelnique

Generic Name: Oxybutynin

  • What is Gelnique?

    Gelnique is a topical gel (applied directly on the skin) that is used to treat symptoms of overactive bladder, including frequent urination, urgency (increased need to urinate), and urge incontinence (inability to control urination).

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

    Gelnique is for external use only. Do not use it in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

    Gelnique can cause angioedema (a condition involving swelling of the face, extremities, eyes, lips, and tongue) or skin allergic reactions. Stop taking this medication and tell your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms.

    Gelnique can cause tiredness, drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or perform other hazardous activities until you know how Gelnique affects you. These effects may become worse if you use Gelnique with alcohol.

    Cover the application site after Gelnique has dried out to avoid transfer of the medication to another person. If someone else is exposed to Gelnique by direct contact with the gel or at the application site, that person should wash the contact area with soap and water immediately.

  • Who should not take Gelnique?

    Do not use Gelnique if you have urinary retention (inability to urinate normally), gastric retention (a blockage in the digestive system), or glaucoma (high pressure in the eye).

    Do not use Gelnique if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Gelnique. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have urinary retention; gastric retention or other stomach problems such as constipation, ulcerative colitis (inflammatory disease of the large intestine), gastric reflux disease or esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus); glaucoma; or myasthenia gravis (a disease characterized by long-lasting fatigue and muscle weakness).

  • 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.

    Adults: Apply one sachet to dry, intact skin once a day.

  • How should I take Gelnique?

    Apply Gelnique as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use extra doses or use more often without first asking your doctor. Apply Gelnique to the skin on your abdomen (stomach area), upper arms, shoulders, or thighs. Change your application site everyday. Do not apply this medication to the same site two days in a row. Wash your hands immediately after applying this medication.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly apply Gelnique.

  • What should I avoid while taking Gelnique?

    Do not use Gelnique in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Also, do not apply Gelnique on open sores, recently shaved skin, or skin with rashes.

    Do not drive, operate machinery, or perform other hazardous activities until you know how Gelnique affects you.

    Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Gelnique. If you drink alcohol, drowsiness can be enhanced.

    Do not apply Gelnique in hot environments or during increased physical activity. Gelnique can cause decreased sweating and heat prostration (fever and heat stroke due to decreased sweating).

    Do not take a bath, swim, shower, exercise, or get the application site wet for at least one hour after you apply Gelnique.

    Do not expose Gelnique to open fire, flames, or smoking until Gelnique has dried.

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

    No significant interactions have been reported with Gelnique at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Gelnique?

    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: application-site reactions (such as skin inflammation, itching, numbness, pain, redness, or rash), blurred vision, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, inflammation of the nose or throat, tiredness, urinary retention, urinary tract infection

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

    The effects of Gelnique 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 Gelnique?

    If you miss a dose of Gelnique, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Gelnique?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from moisture and humidity.