Oxytrol

Generic Name: Oxybutynin transdermal system

  • What is Oxytrol?

    Oxytrol is a transdermal system (skin patch) used to treat overactive bladder. It delivers the active ingredient, oxybutynin, through your skin and into your bloodstream.
  • What is the most important information I should know about Oxytrol?

    Oxytrol is indicated for the treatment of overactive bladder with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence, urgency, and frequency.

    Oxytrol should be used in patients with gastrointestinal obstructive disorders, because of the risk of gastric retention, or bladder outflow obstruction, because of the risk of urinary retention.

    Oxytrol may decrease gastrointestinal motility and should be used with caution in patients with conditions such as ulcerative colitis, intestinal atony, and myasthenia gravis.

    Oxytrol should be used with caution in patients who have gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and/or who are taking drugs (such as bisphosphanates to manage osteoporosis) that can cause or exacerbate esophageal irritation.

    Oxytrol can cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision and should be used with caution. Using alcohol while taking Oxytrol can exacerbate drowsiness.

  • Who should not take Oxytrol?

    Oxytrol should not be given to: infants and children less than 18 years old; individuals experiencing high fever, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke; individuals using other anticholinergic medications; or individuals with urinary retention (the bladder does not empty or empty completely when you urinate), gastric retention (the stomach empties slowly or does not empty completely after a meal), or uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma (high pressure in the eye).

    Do not take Oxytrol if you are hypersensitive to any components of the product. Do not take Oxytrol if you are allergic to medical tape products or to other skin patches without first talking to your doctor.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medication you are taking before beginning treatment Oxytrol, especially if you are using any medications that could cause dry mouth, constipation, or sleepiness. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any of the following: liver or kidney disease; bladder obstruction (blockage); esophagitis (inflamed esophagus); gastric reflux disease; gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive system); myasthenia gravis (nerve weakness); or ulcerative colitis (inflamed bowels).
  • 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 and children age 18 and older: The usual starting dose of Oxytrol is a single-dose application which delivers 3.9 mg oxybutynin per day. Put on a new patch two times a week (every 3 to 4 days) according to your doctor's instructions.

  • How should I take Oxytrol?

    When you are ready to apply the Oxytrol patch, tear open the pouch and remove the patch. Apply the patch to your skin right away. Put the patch on a clean, dry, and smooth (fold-free) area of skin on your abdomen (stomach area), hips, or buttocks. Avoid your waistline area, since tight clothing may rub against the patch.

    The sticky adhesive side of the patch is covered by 2 strips of overlapping protective liner. Remove the first piece of the protective liner and apply the patch with the adhesive side down, firmly onto the skin. Bend the patch in half gently and roll the remaining part on your skin using your fingertips. The second piece of the protective liner will move off the patch as you roll the patch in place. Apply firm pressure to the patch with your fingers to make sure it stays on. Avoid touching the sticky side of the patch when you are applying it because it may cause the patch to fall off early.

    Wear the patch at all times until it is time to apply a new one. You should only wear one patch at a time.

    If the patch falls off or partially comes off, press it firmly back into place and continue your regular application schedule. If the patch does not stay on, throw it out and place a new patch in a different area. Continue to follow your regular application schedule.

    Do not use the same area for the patch for at least one week. The areas you choose should not be oily, damaged (cut or scraped), irritated (rashes), or have any other skin problems. Do not put Oxytrol on areas that have been treated with oils, lotions, or powders that could keep the patch from sticking well to your skin.

    You should try to change the patch on the same 2 days each week.

    When you are ready to change your patch, remove the old patch slowly to avoid skin damage. Fold the old patch in half with the sticky sides together once it is taken off and throw it out. The patch will still have some medicine left in it so it may be dangerous if accidentally worn or swallowed by another person or pet.

    If there is any adhesive that stays on your skin after removing the patch, gently wash the area with warm water and mild soap. A small amount of baby oil may be used to remove any excess residue. Dirty adhesive rings may require a medical adhesive removal pad. Do not use alcohol or other dissolving liquids like nail polish remover that could irritate your skin.

  • What should I avoid while taking Oxytrol?

    Do not expose the patch to sunlight. Always wear it under clothing.

    Avoid applying the patch on the same site each time. Avoid touching the sticky adhesive side when putting on the patch. Avoid rubbing the patch area during bathing, swimming, or exercising.

    Caution should be used when driving or operating dangerous machinery because Oxytrol may cause sleepiness or blurred vision. Also, avoid drinking alcohol because the sleepiness that can be caused by Oxytrol could be increased.

    Avoid hot and warm temperatures because Oxytrol could decrease sweating. This may cause you to overheat or have a fever or heat stroke.

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

    The concomitant use of Oxytrol with other anticholinergic drugs or with other agents that produce dry mouth, constipation, drowsiness, or blurred vision may increase the frequency and/or severity of such effects.

    Use of alcohol may enhance the drowsiness caused by Oxytrol.

  • What are the possible side effects of Oxytrol?

    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 medication.

    Side effects may include: itching and redness where the patch is applied, dry mouth, constipation, abnormal vision, drowsiness, dizziness, headache

    For more information on side effects, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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

    Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The safety of Oxytrol for women who are or who may become pregnant has not been established. Oxytrol should be used only when the benefits outweigh the risks. Caution should be taken when administering Oxytrol to nursing mothers.
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Oxytrol?

    If you forget to change your patch after 3-4 days, remove the old patch, and apply a new patch to a different area. Continue to follow your regular application schedule.
  • How should I store Oxytrol?

    Oxytrol should be stored at room temperature. Protect from moisture and humidity. Do not remove the patch from its pouch until you are ready to apply it.

    Once off, dispose of the patch properly so it cannot be accidentally worn or swallowed by another person, especially a child, or a pet.