Generic Name: oxybutynin (OX-i-BUE-ti-nin)
Brand Name: Examples include Anturol and Gelnique
Oxybutynin gel is used for:
Treating overactive bladder with symptoms of urgency, frequency, or leakage. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Oxybutynin gel is an anticholinergic. It works by relaxing muscles in the bladder.
Do NOT use oxybutynin gel if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in oxybutynin gel
- you have bladder blockage or are unable to urinate
- you have certain stomach or bowel problems (eg, blockage, decreased muscle movement)
- you have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma
- you are taking a solid oral potassium product (eg, tablet)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using oxybutynin gel:
Some medical conditions may interact with oxybutynin gel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have trouble urinating or very poor health
- if you have a history of heart problems (eg, heart failure, fast or irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, nervous system problems, liver or kidney problems, myasthenia gravis, an enlarged prostate, esophagus problems (eg, reflux disease, inflammation, narrowing), stomach or bowel problems (eg, colitis, inflammation, constipation), or a hiatal hernia
- if you have a history of glaucoma or increased pressure in the eyes, or if you are at risk of glaucoma (eg, family history of glaucoma)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with oxybutynin gel. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Bisphosphonates (eg, alendronate) because the risk of irritation of the esophagus may be increased
- Other anticholinergic medicines (eg, scopolamine), azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), or macrolide antibiotics (eg, erythromycin) because they may increase the risk of oxybutynin gel's side effects
- Solid oral potassium products (eg, tablets) because the risk of stomach or bowel irritation may be increased by oxybutynin gel
- Phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine) because their effectiveness may be decreased by oxybutynin gel and they may increase the risk of oxybutynin gel's side effects
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if oxybutynin gel may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use oxybutynin gel:
Use oxybutynin gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with oxybutynin gel. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Oxybutynin gel is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with warm water.
- Apply oxybutynin gel to clean, dry, undamaged skin on the stomach, upper arms, shoulders, or thighs. If you apply oxybutynin gel to the stomach, avoid the area around the belly button.
- Application sites may be rotated to decrease the risk of skin reactions. Do not apply oxybutynin gel to other areas of the body.
- Do not apply oxybutynin gel to skin with an open sore, scar, tattoo, or rash, or to an area that is irritated or has been recently shaved. Do not apply it to an area with a skin condition, such as eczema, seborrhea, or psoriasis.
- Do not apply oxybutynin gel to your breasts or genital areas.
- Do not apply oxybutynin gel to areas of the skin that have been treated with oils, lotions, or powders. However, you may use oxybutynin gel with sunscreen.
- Before using oxybutynin gel for the first time, you must prime the pump. Do this by holding the pump upright and pressing down on the pump 4 times. Do not use any of the medicine that comes out of the pump during priming.
- Wash your hands and the application site with mild soap and water before you apply oxybutynin gel. Allow the area to dry completely.
- Place your hand under the pump and press the pump down 3 times or as directed by your doctor. You can also place the pump right over the application site to dispense your dose. Gently rub oxybutynin gel into your skin until it dries. Do not continue to rub after it dries.
- Apply oxybutynin gel right after you dispense your dose from the pump.
- Wash your hands immediately after using oxybutynin gel.
- Do not bathe, swim, shower, exercise, or get the application site wet for at least 1 hour after using oxybutynin gel.
- Be careful not to get oxybutynin gel on another person. If another person may come into contact with the application site, cover the area with clothing after the medicine dries.
- Continue to use oxybutynin gel even if your condition improves. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of oxybutynin gel, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use oxybutynin gel.
Important safety information:
- Oxybutynin gel may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you use it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use oxybutynin gel with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using oxybutynin gel.
- Check with your doctor before you use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using oxybutynin gel; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
- Oxybutynin gel may cause decreased sweating. Do not become overheated in hot weather or while you are being active; heatstroke may occur. Contact your doctor if you have been exposed to high temperatures and you develop fever; flushing; hot, dry skin; severe or persistent headache; dizziness; sudden fatigue; fast heartbeat; seizures; or fainting.
- Oxybutynin gel may cause dry mouth. To help relieve dry mouth, suck on sugarless hard candy or ice chips, chew sugarless gum, drink water, or use a saliva substitute. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
- A serious side effect called angioedema has been reported with the use of oral dosage forms of oxybutynin gel (eg, tablets). Contact your doctor at once if you develop swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; or hoarseness.
- Oxybutynin gel is flammable. Do not smoke while using oxybutynin gel. Do not store or use near an open flame.
- If another person comes into contact with oxybutynin gel, that person should wash it off right away with mild soap and water.
- Oxybutynin gel may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
- Use oxybutynin gel with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Oxybutynin gel should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if oxybutynin gel can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using oxybutynin gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if oxybutynin gel is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use oxybutynin gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of oxybutynin gel:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Blurred vision; constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth or eyes; mild dryness, redness, irritation, itching, or pain at the application site; tiredness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty swallowing or breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); blisters, rash, pain, or loss of feeling at the application site; confusion; decreased sweating; difficult or painful urination; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; hallucinations; mental or mood changes (eg, agitation); seizures; severe or persistent redness, irritation, or itching at the application site; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; vision problems.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include coma; delirium; excitability; fever; flushing; hallucinations; inability to urinate; irregular heartbeat; paralysis; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; sluggishness; tremor; trouble breathing; very dry mouth, eyes, or skin; vomiting.Proper storage of oxybutynin gel:
Store oxybutynin gel at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep oxybutynin gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about oxybutynin gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Oxybutynin gel is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take oxybutynin gel or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about oxybutynin gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to oxybutynin gel. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using oxybutynin gel.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.