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Chemical Name: Oxybutynin
Ditropan XL Information:
DITROPAN XL (OXYBUTYNIN) is an antispasmodic anticholinergic agent used to treat overactive bladder with symptoms of urinary incontinence, urgency, and frequency.
Understanding Bladder Control Problems:
Urine -- the fluid that results when the kidneys filter the blood -- is stored in the bladder. Nerves located in the bladder tell your brain when the bladder is full. This results in a sensation that the bladder is full, causing the "urge to go." When you get to the bathroom, your brain signals muscles that surround the bladder opening, called sphincter muscles, and tells them to relax. When these muscles relax, the brain signals the muscle that lines the bladder, called the detrusor muscle, to contract and discharge the urine. This permits urine to flow. An overactive bladder is a medical condition with symptoms of sudden, powerful urges to go to the bathroom, caused by involuntary muscle spasms in the bladder. It does not have to be considered normal or natural at any age, and it can be treated.
You may be experiencing symptoms of overactive bladder if: You urinate eight or more times in a 24-hour period(Frequency), you get up two or more times a night to urinate (Nighttime Frequency or Nocturia), you may get sudden urges to urinate immediately (Urgency), you may experience an urgent need to urinate followed by leakage or wetting incidents (Urge Incontinence).
DITROPAN XL (OXYBUTYNIN) helps control the involuntary spasms of the bladder muscles, which lead to the symptoms of overactive bladder, making the urge to go less intense and less often. Many people experience relief in as little as two weeks after taking DITROPAN XL (OXYBUTYNIN). Keep in mind, however, that people respond differently to medications, and some may require a longer time frame before experiencing symptom relief.
DITROPAN XL (OXYBUTYNIN) extended-release tablets incorporate the patented OROS® technology, which permits the controlled release of medication over a 24-hour period. This means that you don't have to worry about taking multiple doses of DITROPAN XL (OXYBUTYNIN) throughout the day. Just one DITROPAN XL (OXYBUTYNIN) tablet releases medication into your system continuously for relief that lasts up to 24 hours. Many patients begin to experience symptom relief in as little as two weeks.
Through its unique time-release formula, DITROPAN XL (OXYBUTYNIN): Eliminates peaks and valleys of drug concentrations you may experience with other medications, provides continuous relief, day and night. One daily dose of DITROPAN XL (OXYBUTYNIN) may be all you need to stop worrying about your bladder problems all the time.
DITROPAN XL (OXYBUTYNIN) is available in different dosage levels -- in 5, 10 and 15-mg strengths so you and your doctor can decide which dose is right for you.
Ditropan XL Side Effects:
DITROPAN XL side effects that may occur while taking this medicine include dry mouth, blurred vision, drowsiness, dizziness, or constipation. If DITROPAN XL side effects continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience DITROPAN XL side effects like hallucinations. If you notice other DITROPAN XL side effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Follow the directions for using DITROPAN XL provided by your doctor. SWALLOW WHOLE. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing. This medicine may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. STORE DITROPAN XL at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C)in a tightly-closed container, away from heat, moisture, and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF DITROPAN XL, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
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