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Ditropan Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is oxybutynin (Ditropan)?
- What are the possible side effects of oxybutynin (Ditropan)?
- What is the most important information I should know about oxybutynin (Ditropan)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using oxybutynin (Ditropan)?
- How should I take oxybutynin (Ditropan)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Ditropan)?
- What happens if I overdose (Ditropan)?
- What should I avoid while using oxybutynin (Ditropan)?
- What other drugs will affect oxybutynin (Ditropan)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using oxybutynin (Ditropan)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to oxybutynin, or if you have:
- untreated or uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma;
- a blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines); or
- if you are unable to urinate.
To make sure you can safely take oxybutynin, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- liver disease;
- kidney disease;
- an enlarged prostate;
- ulcerative colitis;
- a blockage in your stomach or intestines;
- a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis; or
- a stomach disorder such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or slow digestion.
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether oxybutynin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take oxybutynin (Ditropan)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take this medication with a full glass of water.
Oxybutynin may be taken with or without food.
Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole. Breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Try to take this medication at the same time each day.
If you use the extended-release form of oxybutynin, you may notice what looks like part of a tablet in your stools. The tablet shell is not designed to be absorbed by the body, and may therefore pass into the stools without dissolving. This is a normal side effect of oxybutynin extended-release tablets.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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