Oxytrol, or by its generic name oxybutynin, is an antimuscarinic, and comes in the form of a transdermal patch.
How It Works
Oxytrol works by relaxing the muscles in your bladder. It can help to reduce bladder spasms. By taking this medication, you will find that the urge to pass urine as well as the frequency is lessened. Bear in mind that Oxytrol merely controls the aforementioned symptoms; however, it does not cure an overactive bladder.
Oxytrol or oxybutynin transdermal patches are used to treat an overactive bladder, which is a condition whereby the bladder muscles contract uncontrollably, causing frequent urination, the urgent need to urinate, and the inability to control the act of urinating.
The Oxytrol patch needs to apply externally on the skin. You would normally be advised to apply it twice a week, or every three to four days. It is recommended that the application is done on the same days each week, every week. If you find it hard to remember, try marking your calendar. Always follow the directions exactly as advised by your doctor. Read the prescription label for the proper application on your skin. Unless advised otherwise by your doctor, do not stop using Oxytrol even once the symptoms have cleared.
You may experience the following side effects after taking Oxytrol. If they become serious or do not seem to have any indication of going away, contact your doctor.
Redness, burning, or itching in areas that the patch was applied
However, there are some side effects that can be a sign of complication or a more serious condition. Immediate medical help is required if you have:
Rash anywhere on the body
Swelling of eyes/face/lips/tongue/throat
Frequent, urgent, or painful urination
Before you commit to Oxytrol, make sure to tell your doctor if you are:
Allergic to oxybutynin, any other medications, medical tape products, or even other skin patches.
Taking prescription and nonprescription medications, including, but not limited to, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products.
Susceptible to or have a history of narrow angle glaucoma, any condition where your bladder/stomach does not empty completely or quickly enough, blockage in the bladder/digestive system, gastroesophageal reflux disease, myasthenia gravis, ulcerative colitis, benign prostatic hypertrophy, or liver or kidney disease.
Pregnant, trying to conceive, or breastfeeding. If happen to get pregnant during treatment, let your doctor know.
Having any type of surgery. Also let the doctor-in-charge know.
Remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this medication.
Wearing the Oxytrol patch is still possible while taking a wash, swimming, and exercising, as long as you refrain from rubbing the patch during these activities. However, avoid long soaks in the water.
As you may get drowsy and experience blurriness in your vision while taking Oxytrol, do not drive or operate any heavy machinery.
When it gets hot, this medication may make it harder for your body to cool down so avoid getting exposed to extreme heat. Contact your doctor if you experience any signs of heat stroke.
Double-check with your doctor whether drinking grapefruit juice while on this medication is permitted.