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Ditropan (Oxybutynin Chloride)
Oxybutynin Chloride General Information
Ditropan (Oxybutynin Chloride) is indicated for the treatment of a certain bladder and urinary conditions like overactive bladder. This medication helps relaxes the muscles in the bladder to help decrease problems of urgency and frequent urination.
This is not recommended for children younger than 5 years of age.
How does Ditropan (Oxybutynin Chloride) work?
Ditropan (Oxybutynin) has a dual mechanism of action. The contraction of the smooth muscle of the bladder is stimulated by the release of acetylcholine. It is by the nerves within the bladder and the attachment of the acetylcholine to receptors on the surface of the bladder’s muscle cells. This drug suppresses involuntary contractions of the bladder’s smooth muscle or spasms. It is by blocking the release of acetylcholine. This is referred to as an ‘anticholinergic effect’. This medication also directly relaxes the bladder’s outer layer of muscle or the detrusor muscle.
Why use Ditropan (Oxybutynin Chloride)?
Ditropan (Oxybutynin Chloride) belongs to the class of medications called antispasmodics. Each tablet of Ditropan contains 5mg of Oxybutynin Chloride for oral administration. It also contains calcium stearate and microcrystalline cellulose. It is a white crystalline solid. The (Food and Drug Administration) FDA approved this medication.
How to use Ditropan (Oxybutynin Chloride)?
The recommended dosage is based on your condition and response.
The usual dose of this drug is 5mg tablets 2-3 times a day. The maximum recommended dosage is one 5mg tablet four times a day. Your doctor may recommend a starting dose of 2.5mg 2-3 times a day.
Take it at the same time each day. You may take it with or without food and you should take it by mouth. Use it regularly or as directed by your doctor. Do not change the dose and dosing schedule without talking to your doctor.
What are the side-effects of Ditropan (Oxybutynin Chloride)?
- Dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision
- Dry mouth, nausea, dry eyes
- Upset stomach, vomiting, stomach pain
- Constipation, headache, diarrhea
- Weakness, unusual taste in the mouth, dry/flushed skin
- Runny nose or sleep problems
Warnings and Precautions
- Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or if you have any allergies.
- This medication should not be used if you have any medical conditions. Consult your doctor first if you have any medical history or current medications.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication.
- Keep this away from the reach of children.