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oxybutynin (transdermal) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using oxybutynin transdermal (Oxytrol)?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to oxybutynin, or if you have:

  • untreated or uncontrolled 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 transdermal, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

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 transdermal 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 transdermal (Oxytrol)?

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.

To use the patch, open the sealed pouch and remove the protective liner. Apply the transdermal patch to a clean, dry area on your stomach, hip or buttock. Avoid skin that is oily, irritated, or damaged. Avoid placing the patch on a skin area that will be rubbed by a waistband or tight clothing.

Press the patch onto the skin and press it down firmly with your fingers. Make sure the patch is well sealed around the edges. When properly applied, the patch should stay on while swimming or bathing.

Leave the patch in place and wear it for 3 to 4 days. You should change the patch twice per week. Each time you apply a new patch, choose a different skin area on your stomach, hip, or buttock. Do not apply a patch to the same skin twice within one week.

Try to change your patch on the same two days each week (such as every Sunday and Thursday). There is a calendar printed on the package of this medication to help you establish a steady patch-changing schedule.

If the patch falls off, try sticking it back on. If it does not stay on, replace it with a new one and wear it until your next regular patch-changing day. Do not change your schedule, even if you apply a new patch to replace one that has fallen off.

After removing a patch, fold it in half so it sticks together and throw it away in a place where children or pets cannot get to it.

Use baby oil or mild soap and water to remove any adhesive residue that stays on your skin. Avoid using harsh soaps, alcohol, nail polish remover, or other solvents that could irritate your skin.

The oxybutynin patch may burn your skin if you wear the patch during an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Remove the patch before undergoing such a test.

Keep the oxybutynin transdermal patch in its sealed pouch until you are ready to use it. Store the pouches at room temperature away from heat and moisture.

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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