Ditropan XL is an anticholinergic and antispasmodic medication which is used to treat an overactive bladder.
Ditropan Xl 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 of the bladder. It helps to reduce bladder spasms, the urge to pass urine, and the frequency of urination.
Take Ditropan Xl exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The usual starting dose is 5 mg to 10 mg taken once daily, at the same time every day. Your doctor may increase your daily dose of this medication by 5 mg each week. The maximum dose is 30 mg per day. This medication may be taken with or without food. Swallow this medication whole with water or other liquids. Do not crush, chew, or split the tablets. The recommended starting dose for children age 6 years and over with bladder problems due to neurological disorders (such as spina bifida) is 5 mg once daily. If necessary, your child's doctor may slowly increase the dose up to 20 mg once daily.
Before taking Ditropan Xl you should talk with your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, cirrhosis, glaucoma, Myasthenia gravis, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), enlarged prostate. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not take Ditropan Xl if you are allergic to oxybutynin or to any of the ingredients of the medication, have acute blood loss, urinary retention, intestinal atony, myasthenia gravis, megacolon, paralytic ileus, obstructive uropathy.
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Get emergency medical help if you have dry mouth, constipation, headaches, drowsiness, nausea, diarrhea, weakness, blurred vision, dizziness, heartburn, bladder infection. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially: protease inhibitors (atazanavir, ritonavir, indinavir), antifungal or antibiotic medications (ketoconazole, isoniazid, itraconazole, erythromycin), pramlintide, anticholinergic medications (dicyclomine, clozapine, trospium, ipratropium), acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (tacrine, galantamine, donepezil). Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are increased pressure within the eyes, severe constipation, difficulty passing urine, dry skin, dry mouth.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 59-77 degrees F (15-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
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