Generic Name: oxybutynin (transdermal) (OX i BUE ti nin)
Brand Name: Oxytrol
Medically reviewed on November 3, 2017
What is oxybutynin transdermal?
Oxybutynin reduces muscle spasms of the bladder and urinary tract.
Oxybutynin transdermal (skin patch) is used to treat symptoms of overactive bladder such as frequent or urgent urination, incontinence (urine leakage), and increased nighttime urination.
Oxybutynin transdermal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use oxybutynin transdermal if you have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma, a blockage in your stomach or intestines, or if you are unable to urinate.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use this medicine 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 oxybutynin transdermal is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
liver or kidney disease;
an intestinal disorder, such as ulcerative colitis;
trouble emptying your bladder.
Oxybutynin transdermal is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether oxybutynin transdermal passes into breast milk or if it could affect the nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
How should I use oxybutynin transdermal?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Open the sealed pouch and remove the protective liner. Apply the patch to a clean, dry area on your stomach, hip or buttock. Avoid skin that is irritated or damaged, or skin that has been treated with oil or lotion. Avoid placing the patch on a skin area that will be rubbed by a waistband or tight clothing.
Press the patch firmly into place with your fingers. You may leave the patch on while bathing, showering, or swimming.
If a patch falls off, try sticking back into place. If it does not stick well, put on a new patch and leave it on only for the rest of your wearing time. Do not change your patch removal schedule.
Leave the patch in place and wear it for 3 to 4 days. You should change the patch twice per week (such as every Sunday and Thursday). Use a calendar to help you keep a steady patch-changing schedule.
Choose a different place on your skin to wear the patch each time you put on a new one. Do not use the same skin area twice within 7 days.
Do not wear more than one oxybutynin transdermal patch at a time. Using extra skin patches will not make the medicine more effective. Never cut a skin patch.
Use baby oil or mild soap and water to remove any adhesive residue that stays on your skin. Avoid using harsh soaps, alcohol, nail polish remover, or other solvents that could irritate your skin.
After removing a patch, fold it in half so it sticks together and throw it away in a place where children or pets cannot get to it.
Keep the oxybutynin transdermal patch in its sealed pouch until you are ready to use it. Store the pouches at room temperature away from heat and moisture.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget to change a patch on your scheduled day, remove and replace the patch as soon as you remember. Wear the patch until your next regular patch-changing day. Do not change your schedule, even if you wear the new patch for fewer than 3 days.
Do not apply two patches at the same time 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 restlessness, tingly feeling, fever, uneven heart rate, vomiting, and little or no urinating.
What should I avoid while using oxybutynin transdermal?
Oxybutynin can cause blurred vision, drowsiness, or dizziness. 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.
Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Oxybutynin can decrease sweating and you may be more prone to heat stroke.
Do not expose the oxybutynin transdermal patch to sunlight. It should be worn under clothing.
Oxybutynin transdermal side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using oxybutynin transdermal and call your doctor at once if you have:
little or no urinating;
vomiting, severe heartburn or upper stomach pain;
fast or uneven heart rate; or
Common side effects may include:
redness or mild skin itching where a patch was worn;
blurred vision; or
constipation, diarrhea, decreased urination.
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 transdermal?
Using this medicine with other drugs that make you sleepy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before taking a sleeping pill, opioid pain medication, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
cold or allergy medicine that contains an antihistamine;
medicine for Parkinson's disease;
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with oxybutynin transdermal, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
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.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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