September 3, 2014
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Apo-Oxybutynin

(oxybutynin)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02163543 APO-OXYBUTYNIN 5MG TAB

How does Apo-Oxybutynin 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 in 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 the ones 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 Apo-Oxybutynin?

The usual adult dose of oxybutynin is 5 mg, 2 or 3 times daily, with a maximum dose of 5 mg, 4 times daily. For children over 5 years of age, the dose is 5 mg, 2 times daily, to a maximum dose of 5 mg, 3 times daily.

This medication may be taken on an empty stomach with water, but if stomach upset occurs, it may be taken with food or milk.

Many things can affect the dose of 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 by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. 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 one. 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, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

This medication is available under multiple brand names and in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"

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 Apo-Oxybutynin come in?

Each scored, biconvex, blue tablet engraved with "APO" over "5" on one side, contains oxybutynin chloride 5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: FD&C Blue No. 1, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose.

Who should NOT take Apo-Oxybutynin?

Do not use oxybutynin if you:

  • are allergic to oxybutynin or any of the ingredients of the medication, including the adhesive material (in the patch form)
  • have acute blood loss that compromises the heart or circulation
  • have intestinal atony (loss of tone of intestinal muscles) due to aging or debilitation
  • have intestinal obstruction
  • have megacolon (dilated large intestine)
  • have myasthenia gravis
  • have obstructive uropathy (blocked urine flow)
  • have partial or complete obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract or are at risk for this condition
  • have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma or are at risk for this condition
  • have urinary retention or obstruction or are at risk for these conditions

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