April 23, 2014
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Ditropan XL

(oxybutynin controlled release)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02243961 DITROPAN XL 10MG TABLET
02243960 DITROPAN XL 5MG TABLET

How does Ditropan XL work? What will it do for me?

Oxybutynin belongs to the family of medications called anticholinergics. It is also an antispasmodic. Oxybutynin is used to relieve symptoms associated with an overactive bladder, such as urinary urgency (a need to urinate right away), urinary frequency, leakage, or urge incontinence (leaking or wetting caused by an unstoppable urge to urinate).

This medication works by relaxing the muscles of the bladder. It helps to reduce bladder spasms, the urge to pass urine, and the frequency of urination.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Ditropan XL?

The usual starting dose of controlled release oxybutynin is 5 mg to 10 mg taken once daily, at the same time every day. Depending on the effectiveness and side effects of the medication, your doctor may increase your daily dose of this medication by 5 mg each week until an effective and well-tolerated dose is established. The maximum dose is 30 mg per day.

If you are already taking regular release oxybutynin, you doctor may switch you to oxybutynin controlled release at a higher dose than what is suggested here.

This medication may be taken with or without food.

Swallow this medication whole with water or other liquids. Do not crush, chew, or split the tablets.

This medication is contained in a special tablet that releases oxybutynin at a controlled rate. Do not be concerned if you notice something in your stool that looks like a tablet. This is just the tablet shell, which is left over after the medication is released in the body.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed. If you miss a dose of this medication, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and protect it from light, moisture, and high humidity. Keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Ditropan XL come in?

5 mg
Each round, pale yellow extended-release tablet, imprinted with "5 XL", contains oxybutynin chloride USP 5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: butylated hydroxytoluene, cellulose acetate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, polyethylene oxide, polysorbate 80, sodium chloride, synthetic iron oxides, and titanium dioxide.

10 mg
Each round, pink extended-release tablet, imprinted with "10 XL", contains oxybutynin chloride USP 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: butylated hydroxytoluene, cellulose acetate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, polyethylene oxide, polysorbate 80, sodium chloride, synthetic iron oxides, and titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take Ditropan XL?

Do not take oxybutynin if you:

  • are allergic to oxybutynin or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • have acute blood loss that compromises the heart or circulation
  • have difficulty starting urine flow (urinary retention) or are at risk for this condition
  • have intestinal atony (loss of tone of intestinal muscles) due to aging or debilitation
  • have megacolon (dilated large intestine)
  • have myasthenia gravis
  • have narrow angle glaucoma or is at risk for this condition
  • have obstructive uropathy (blocked urine flow)
  • have paralytic ileus (a condition that causes complete or partial blockage of the bowel)
  • have partial or complete obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract or are at risk for this condition

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