Medication Guide App

Gelnique

Generic Name: oxybutynin (topical) (OX i BUE ti nin)
Brand Name: Anturol, Gelnique

What is oxybutynin topical?

Oxybutynin reduces muscle spasms of the bladder and urinary tract.

Oxybutynin topical (for the skin) is used to treat symptoms of overactive bladder, such as frequent or urgent urination and incontinence (urine leakage).

Oxybutynin topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about oxybutynin topical?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to oxybutynin, or if you have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma, a blockage in your digestive tract, if you have decreased urination, or if you are unable to urinate.

Before using oxybutynin topical, tell your doctor if you have urination problems, glaucoma, liver or kidney disease, myasthenia gravis, severe constipation, ulcerative colitis or other intestinal disorder, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or slow digestion.

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Do not bathe, shower, swim, use a hot tub, or exercise vigorously for at least 1 hour after applying this medication.

It is best to cover treated skin areas with clothing after the gel has dried completely. This will help prevent getting this medicine on your other skin or on other people.

Oxybutynin gel is flammable. Avoid using near open flame, and do not smoke until the gel has completely dried on your skin.

This medication may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of oxybutynin topical.

Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated while you are using oxybutynin topical.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using oxybutynin topical?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to oxybutynin, or if you have:

  • untreated or uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma;

  • a blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines); or

  • if you have decreased urination or are unable to urinate.

To make sure you can safely use oxybutynin topical, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • bladder obstruction or other urination problems;

  • glaucoma;

  • liver disease;

  • kidney disease;

  • myasthenia gravis (a nerve-muscle disorder);

  • severe constipation;

  • an intestinal disorder such as ulcerative colitis; or

  • a stomach disorder such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or slow digestion.

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether oxybutynin topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use oxybutynin topical?

Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying this medication. Also wash the skin area to be treated, using a mild soap or cleanser. Allow the skin to dry completely before applying oxybutynin topical.

Oxybutynin topical can be applied to the skin on your stomach, upper arm, shoulder, or thigh.

Do not apply the gel to recently shaved skin, open wounds, scars, tattoos, or irritated or broken skin. Do not apply to the breasts or genital areas.

Apply the gel to a different place on any of these skin areas each time you use it. Do not apply the gel to the same skin two days in a row.

Each packet of Gelnique oxybutynin gel is for one use only. Throw away the empty packet in a place where children and pets cannot get to it. Tear open the sealed packet and empty the entire contents into your hand. You may also empty the packet directly onto the treatment area.

To get the correct amount of Anturol gel for one application, press the pump down 3 times. You may pump the gel directly onto the treatment area.

Do not bathe, shower, swim, use a hot tub, or exercise vigorously for at least 1 hour after applying this medication.

It is best to cover treated skin areas with clothing after the gel has dried completely. This will help prevent getting this medicine on your other skin or on other people. If someone else does come into contact with a treated skin area, they should wash the contact area right away with soap and water.

Oxybutynin gel is flammable. Avoid using near open flame, and do not smoke until the gel has completely dried on your skin.

Keep oxybutynin gel in its sealed packet until you are ready to use it. Store the packets at room temperature away from heat and moisture.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include feeling restless or excited, warmth or tingly feeling, fever, thirst, hot and dry skin, uneven heart rate, vomiting, and urinating less than usual or not at all.

What should I avoid while using oxybutynin topical?

Avoid applying lotions, powders, or oils to the skin you plan to treat with oxybutynin topical. These other skin products can make it harder for your skin to absorb oxybutynin, and it may not work as well. You may apply oxybutynin gel to skin that has been treated with sunscreen.

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If this does happen, rinse with water.

This medication may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of oxybutynin topical.

Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated while you are using oxybutynin topical.

Oxybutynin topical side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using oxybutynin topical and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fever with hot, dry skin;

  • uneven heart rate;

  • pain, burning, or other difficulty when urinating; or

  • severe itching, redness, pain, rash, or other irritation where the medication was applied.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild skin irritation where the gel was applied;

  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat;

  • dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling;

  • headache;

  • blurred vision;

  • dry mouth;

  • constipation; or

  • nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect oxybutynin topical?

Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:

  • atropine (Atreza, Sal-Tropine), belladonna (Donnatal, and others), benztropine (Cogentin),

  • dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), methscopolamine (Pamine), or scopolamine (Transderm Scop);

  • bladder or urinary medicines such as darifenacin (Enablex), flavoxate (Urispas), oxybutynin (Ditropan, Oxytrol), tolterodine (Detrol), or solifenacin (Vesicare);

  • bronchodilators such as ipratropium (Atrovent) or tiotropium (Spiriva);

  • irritable bowel medicines such as dicyclomine (Bentyl), hyoscyamine (Hyomax), or propantheline (Pro Banthine);

  • medication to treat osteoporosis or Paget's disease of bone, such as alendronate (Fosamax), etidronate (Didronel), ibandronate (Boniva), pamidronate (Aredia), risedronate (Actonel, Atelvia), tiludronate (Skelid), or zoledronic acid (Zometa, Reclast); or

  • ulcer medications such as glycopyrrolate (Robinul) or mepenzolate (Cantil).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with oxybutynin topical. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about oxybutynin topical.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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