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Oxybutynin Transdermal System (OXYBUTYNIN - TRANSDERMAL)

For overactive bladder.

Brand Name(s): Oxytrol

Generic Name: Oxybutynin

Instructions

DO NOT take this medicine by mouth.

Keep the medicine at room temperature. Avoid heat and direct light.

Follow the instructions on the package to use this medicine correctly.

This patch should not be cut.

Wash your hands before and after handling this medicine.

Remove old patch before applying new one. Change the location of the new patch.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about locations on your body where this patch can be used.

Remove the plastic liner that protects the sticky side of the patch before applying to the skin.

Be sure the area of skin is clean and dry before putting on a new patch.

Apply the patch only to normal looking skin. Avoid skin that is red, scraped, or damaged.

Do not shave the hair. It irritates the skin. If needed, use scissors to cut the hair close to the skin.

Press the patch firmly for a few seconds to make sure it stays in place.

If the patch does not stick, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Do not cover the patch with bandage or tape unless instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.

After removing the patch, fold it together and discard it out of reach of children and pets.

Do not dispose of a used patch by flushing it into the toilet.

Avoid getting the medicine in the eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash your hands after touching patch.

If the skin under the patch becomes irritated, remove the patch. Do not apply a new patch to the area until the skin feels better.

Put the patch on a different area each time. Wait at least one week before using the same location again.

Do not apply heat on the area with the patch. Avoid heating blankets, suntan beds, or hot tubs.

You can bathe, swim or shower while wearing the patch.

Clothing should be worn over the patch.

To reduce constipation, eat high fiber foods, drink plenty of water and exercise.

If you forget to use a dose on time, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not use the missed dose. Return to your normal dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses of this medicine at one time.

Drug interactions can change how medicines work or increase risk for side effects. Tell your health care providers about all medicines taken. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medicine.

To relieve dry mouth, chew gum, suck on hard candy/ice chips, drink extra water, or use a saliva substitute.

Tell your doctor if symptoms do not get better or if they get worse.

Do not use more than 1 patch at any one time.

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

If possible, avoid using with marijuana or other medicines that can cause dizziness or drowsiness. These include allergy/cold products, muscle relaxers, sleep aids, and pain relievers.

Your ability to stay alert or to react quickly may be impaired by this medicine. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you.

Please check with your doctor before drinking alcohol while on this medicine.

Avoid becoming overheated during exercise or other activities. Try to stay cool in hot weather.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Ask your doctor if patch should be removed before having an MRI scan to avoid serious burns.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • constipation
  • dizziness or drowsiness
  • headaches
  • skin irritation where medicine is applied

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • agitated feeling or trouble sleeping
  • confusion
  • hallucinations (unusual thoughts, seeing or hearing things that are not real)
  • mood changes
  • rapid heartbeat
  • severe stomach or bowel pain
  • difficulty or discomfort urinating
  • blurring or changes of vision

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.