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(oxybutynin chloride) Tablets
Each scored biconvex, engraved blue DITROPAN® (oxybutynin chloride) Tablet contains 5 mg of oxybutynin chloride. Chemically, oxybutynin chloride is d,l (racemic) 4-diethylamino-2-butynyl phenylcyclohexylglycolate hydrochloride. The
empirical formula of oxybutynin chloride is C22H31NO3•HCl. The structural formula appears below:
Oxybutynin chloride is a white crystalline solid with a molecular weight of 393.9. It is readily soluble in water and acids, but relatively insoluble in alkalis.
DITROPAN Tablets also contain calcium stearate, FD&C Blue #1 Lake, lactose, and microcrystalline cellulose.
DITROPAN Tablets are for oral administration.
Therapeutic Category: Antispasmodic, anticholinergic.
What are the possible side effects of oxybutynin (Ditropan, Ditropan XL, Urotrol)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using oxybutynin and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- hot, dry skin and extreme thirst;
- severe stomach pain or constipation;
- pain or burning when you urinate; or
- urinating less than usual or not at all.
Less serious side effects may include:
- dry mouth;
- dry eyes, blurred vision;
What are the precautions when taking oxybutynin tablets (Ditropan)?
Before taking oxybutynin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: active internal bleeding, untreated/uncontrolled glaucoma (narrow-angle), severe blockage/slowed movement of stomach/intestines (e.g., gastric retention, paralytic ileus), decreased bladder emptying activity (urinary retention).
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: bladder disease (e.g., bladder outflow...
Last reviewed on RxList: 4/2/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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