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OXYBUTYNIN ER 5MG TABLETS

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Drug Information For:

DITROPAN XL 5MG TABLETS

Ingredient Name:

OXYBUTYNIN (OX-i-BUE-ti-nin)

Drug Manufacturer:

MCNEIL

Common Uses:

This medicine is an anticholinergic agent used to treat overactive bladder with symptoms of an urgent need to urinate, a need to urinate often, or leakage of urine. It may also be used in certain children with overactive bladder muscle caused by certain conditions (such as spina bifida). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Before Using This Medicine:

Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you are also taking a solid oral potassium product (eg, tablet). ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking bisphosphonates (eg, alendronate), other anticholinergics (eg, scopolamine), azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), macrolide antibiotics (eg, erythromycin), or phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine). Tell your doctor if you are taking a cholinesterase inhibitor (eg, donepezil) to treat dementia. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including trouble urinating or a weak urine stream, very poor health, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you have a history of heart problems (eg, heart failure, fast or irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, nervous system problems, esophagus problems (eg, reflux disease, inflammation, narrowing), stomach or bowel problems (eg, blockage, colitis, inflammation, constipation), hiatal hernia, liver or kidney problems, myasthenia gravis, enlarged prostate, overactive thyroid, alcohol abuse, glaucoma or increased pressure in the eyes, or if you are at risk for glaucoma (eg, family history of glaucoma). Tell your doctor if you will be exposed to high temperatures for a long period of time. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have bladder blockage, certain stomach or bowel problems (eg, blockage, decreased muscle movement), uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma, or if you are unable to urinate. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you cannot swallow the tablet whole. Use of this medicine in CHILDREN under age 6 is not recommended. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of giving this medicine to your child. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine.

How to Use This Medicine:

Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. SWALLOW WHOLE. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing. This medicine may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. TAKE THIS MEDICINE WITH A FULL GLASS OF liquid. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat, moisture, and light. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and away from pets. Take this medicine regularly to receive the most benefit from it. This medicine works best if it is taken at the same time each day. CONTINUE TO TAKE THIS MEDICINE even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Cautions:

DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE YOU DRINK ALCOHOL or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using this medicine; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness. This medicine may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to this medicine. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. This medicine can cause decreased sweating. DO NOT BECOME OVERHEATED in hot weather or during exercise or other activities since heat stroke may occur. Contact your doctor if you have been exposed to high temperatures and you develop fever; flushing; hot, dry skin; severe or persistent headache; dizziness; sudden fatigue; fast heartbeat; seizures; or fainting. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE A SERIOUS SIDE EFFECT CALLED ANGIOEDEMA. Contact your doctor at once if you develop swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; or hoarseness. YOU MAY OCCASIONALLY NOTICE the tablet shell in your stool. This is normal and not a cause for concern. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING THIS MEDICINE IN THE ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the medicine. FOR WOMEN: It is not known if this medicine can cause harm to the fetus. IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible Side Effects:

SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while using this medicine include blurred vision; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry eyes, nose, skin, or mouth; headache; indigestion; nausea; stomach upset; or trouble sleeping. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. To relieve dry mouth, suck on sugarless hard candy or ice chips, chew sugarless gum, drink water, or use saliva substitute. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience confusion; difficult or painful urination; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; hallucinations; mental or mood changes (eg, agitation, depression); seizures; severe or persistent constipation or stomach pain; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; or vision problems. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty swallowing or breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; or unusual hoarseness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Overdose:

IF OVERDOSE IS SUSPECTED, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include agitation; coma; confusion; delirium; enlarged pupils; fever; flushing; hallucinations; inability to urinate; irregular heartbeat; irritability; memory problems; paralysis; restlessness; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness, drowsiness, or headache; tremor; trouble breathing; unusually dry mouth or skin; or vomiting.

Additional Information:

DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. IF YOU WILL BE USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, be sure to obtain necessary refills before your supply runs out. CHECK WITH YOUR PHARMACIST about how to dispose of unused medicine.

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