Generic name: Oxybutynin Gel [ oks-i-BYOO-ti-nin ]
Brand names: Anturol, Gelnique
Drug class: Urinary antispasmodics
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 20, 2023.
Uses of Oxybutynin Gel:
- It is used to treat an overactive bladder.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Oxybutynin Gel?
- If you are allergic to oxybutynin gel; any part of oxybutynin gel; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block, glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, slow moving GI (gastrointestinal) tract, or trouble passing urine.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with oxybutynin gel.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take oxybutynin gel with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Oxybutynin Gel?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take oxybutynin gel. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how oxybutynin gel affects you.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- Be careful in hot weather or while being active. Drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.
- Good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help with dry mouth. See a dentist often.
- A very bad reaction called angioedema has happened with oxybutynin gel. Sometimes, this may be life-threatening. Signs may include swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, tongue, or throat; trouble breathing; trouble swallowing; or unusual hoarseness. Get medical help right away if you have any of these signs.
- If you are 65 or older, use oxybutynin gel with care. You could have more side effects.
- Some forms of oxybutynin gel may not be for use in all ages of children. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
How is this medicine (Oxybutynin Gel) best taken?
Use oxybutynin gel as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Put on gel at the same time of day.
- Do not take oxybutynin gel by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
- Wash your hands before and after use.
- Wash and dry the part of the skin that the gel will be used on.
- Put on clean, dry, healthy skin on the belly, thigh, shoulder, or upper arm.
- Do not use on irritated skin or if you have shaved your skin lately.
- Move the site where you put the gel each day.
- Do not bathe, shower, swim, or exercise for 1 hour after putting on.
- Avoid fire, flames, or smoking until the gel has dried.
- Do not let your skin where the gel was used touch anyone else's skin while wearing the gel. Cover the treated skin with clothes.
- Let gel dry before covering with clothing.
- Some products come in pumps. Some products come in packets. If you are using a pump, you will need to prime it before you use it the first time. Prime the pump as you are told in the package insert.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not put on 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI) like blood in the urine, burning or pain when passing urine, feeling the need to pass urine often or right away, fever, lower stomach pain, or pelvic pain.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Feeling confused.
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
- Feeling agitated.
- Mood changes.
- Not sweating during activities or in warm temperatures.
- Trouble passing urine.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Muscle weakness.
What are some other side effects of Oxybutynin Gel?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling dizzy, sleepy, tired, or weak.
- Blurred eyesight.
- Upset stomach.
- Diarrhea or constipation.
- Dry mouth.
- Trouble sleeping.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Irritation where oxybutynin gel is used.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Oxybutynin Gel?
- Store at room temperature protected from light. Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Protect from heat or open flame.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about oxybutynin gel, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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