oxybutynin (oral) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using oxybutynin (Ditropan, Ditropan XL, Urotrol)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to oxybutynin, or if you have:
If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication. Before taking oxybutynin, tell your doctor if you have:
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 use oxybutynin (Ditropan, Ditropan XL, Urotrol)?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. 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 the pill whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
Measure the liquid form of oxybutynin with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not 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 oxybutynin at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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