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Gelnique Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using oxybutynin topical (Gelnique)?

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 have decreased urination or are unable to urinate.

To make sure you can safely use oxybutynin topical, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • bladder obstruction or other urination problems;
  • glaucoma;
  • liver disease;
  • kidney disease;
  • myasthenia gravis (a nerve-muscle disorder);
  • severe constipation;
  • an intestinal disorder such as ulcerative colitis; 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 topical 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 use oxybutynin topical (Gelnique)?

Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying this medication. Also wash the skin area to be treated, using a mild soap or cleanser. Allow the skin to dry completely before applying oxybutynin topical.

Oxybutynin topical can be applied to the skin on your stomach, upper arm, shoulder, or thigh.

Do not apply the gel to recently shaved skin, open wounds, scars, tattoos, or irritated or broken skin. Do not apply to the breasts or genital areas.

Apply the gel to a different place on any of these skin areas each time you use it. Do not apply the gel to the same skin two days in a row.

Each packet of Gelnique oxybutynin gel is for one use only. Throw away the empty packet in a place where children and pets cannot get to it. Tear open the sealed packet and empty the entire contents into your hand. You may also empty the packet directly onto the treatment area.

To get the correct amount of Anturol gel for one application, press the pump down 3 times. You may pump the gel directly onto the treatment area.

Do not bathe, shower, swim, use a hot tub, or exercise vigorously for at least 1 hour after applying this medication.

It is best to cover treated skin areas with clothing after the gel has dried completely. This will help prevent getting this medicine on your other skin or on other people. If someone else does come into contact with a treated skin area, they should wash the contact area right away with soap and water.

Oxybutynin gel is flammable. Avoid using near open flame, and do not smoke until the gel has completely dried on your skin.

Keep oxybutynin gel in its sealed packet until you are ready to use it. Store the packets at room temperature away from heat and moisture.

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