In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02254735 ||OXYTROL 36MG PATCH|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Oxybutynin belongs to the family of medications called anticholinergics. It is also an antispasmodic. Oxybutynin is used to relieve symptoms associated with an overactive bladder, such as urinary urgency (a need to urinate right away),
urinary frequency, leakage, or urge incontinence (leaking or wetting caused by an unstoppable urge to urinate).
This medication works by relaxing the muscles in the bladder. It helps to reduce bladder spasms, the urge to pass urine, and the frequency of urination.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The oxybutynin skin patch delivers medication slowly and constantly through the skin and into the bloodstream over a 3- to 4-day period. A new patch is applied every 3 to 4 days (twice a week).
The patch should be applied to clean, dry, and smooth skin on the abdomen (stomach area), hips, or buttocks. Avoid the waistline area, since tight clothing may rub against the patch. The area of skin where the patch is applied should not be oily, irritated, cut, scraped, or have other skin problems. When applying a new patch, use a different area of skin from the most recent patch site. Do not use the same area for the patch for at least 1 week. Once a patch is removed from its protective pouch, apply it right away.
To apply the patch:
- Remove the first piece of protective liner.
- Place the patch, adhesive face down, firmly on the skin.
- Bend the patch in half and gently roll the remaining part onto the skin using the tips of the fingers. As the patch is rolled in place, the second piece of the protective liner should move off the patch.
- Apply firm pressure over the surface of the patch to make sure the patch stays on.
Contact with water while bathing, swimming, showering, or exercising will not change the way that the patch works.
If the patch partly or completely falls off, press it back in place. If the patch does not stay on, throw it away. You should then put on a new patch in a different area, but continue to follow your original application schedule. If you forget to change your patch after 3 or 4 days, remove the old patch, put on a new patch in a different area, and continue to follow your original application schedule.
Since a removed patch will still contain some oxybutynin, throw it away so that it cannot be accidentally worn or swallowed by another person (especially a child) or a pet.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each patch imprinted with "OXYTROL 3.9" contains 36 mg of oxybutynin. The patch is composed of three layers. Layer 1 (the backing film) is a thin flexible polyester/ethylene-vinyl acetate film that makes the patch stronger and protects the sticky medication layer. Layer 2 (the sticky medication layer) is a cast film of acrylic adhesive containing oxybutynin and triacetin. Layer 3 (the release liner) is two overlapped siliconized polyester strips that are peeled off and discarded prior to applying the patch.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use oxybutynin if you:
- are allergic to oxybutynin or any ingredients of the medication, including the adhesive material (in the patch form)
- have acute blood loss that compromises the heart or circulation
- have intestinal atony (loss of tone of intestinal muscles) due to aging or debilitation
- have intestinal obstruction
- have megacolon (dilated large intestine) or toxic megacolon as a complication of ulcerative colitis
- have severe colitis (inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract)
- have myasthenia gravis
- have obstructive uropathy (blocked urine flow)
- have partial or complete obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract or are at risk for this condition
- have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma or are at risk for this condition
- have urinary retention or obstruction or are at risk for these conditions