What is Ditropan XL used for?Chemical Name: OXYBUTYNIN (ox-i-BYOO-ti-nin)
Ditropan XL (Oxybutynin ER) (Lyrinel XL in the UK)
Ditropan XL is a long-acting form of oxybutynin. This means that it is an extended-release drug. Extended-release drugs release their contents gradually over a period to ensure that the drug levels remain fairly constant. Ditropan XL is used to treat overactive bladder and urinary conditions. It functions by relaxing the muscles in the bladder to help it hold urine longer, reducing problems of urgency and frequent urination. Ditropan XL can be given to children above six years old who suffer from incontinence issues, i.e., wetting due to urgent urination due to neurological disorders like Spina bifida, etc.
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Ditropan XL tablets contain 5 mg, 10 mg, or 15 mg of oxybutynin chloride depending on the dose required.
It further contains:
- Butylated hydroxytoluene
- Cellulose acetate
- Magnesium stearate
- Polyethene glycol
- Polyethylene oxide
- Polysorbate 80
- Propylene glycol
- Sodium chloride
- Synthetic iron oxide
- Titanium dioxide
This drug needs to be taken orally with a glass of water or milk. It is your choice to take it with or without food. The dosage should be according to the doctor’s prescription as Oxybutynin ER peaks at about 4-6 hours after taking medicine. Make sure to swallow the tablet as a whole. Do not break, chew, or cut the tablet as it may be harmful. Use the drug regularly to gain the most benefits.
- May cause dizziness, avoid driving or use machinery until fully alert.
- Do not chew or cut the tablet as it can lead to all the contents being released in one go that may prove dangerous.
- Not to be used by pregnant females.
- Not to be used by breastfeeding mothers.
Many drugs have unwanted effects while being used. However, they all tend to leave once the treatment is completed and the drug is discontinued. Some possible side effects of Oxybutynin 5 mg are:
- Dry mouth
- Blurry vision
- Dry eyes
In case of noticing the following effects, seek medical help immediately.
- Unable to urinate
- Burning or pain when urinating
- Eye pain
- Severe abdominal cramps
Product Code: 1487
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