|Chemical name: Oxybutynin
Brand name: Ditropan
Typical dosage: 5mg
Typical type: Tablet1
Oxybutynin is a medication used to treat overactive bladder. Oxybutynin is available as a brand name drug or as a generic and can come as a tablet or an oral syrup.
Oxybutynin is a medication used to manage symptoms of overactive bladder. It relaxes the muscles in the bladder in order to reduce the urge to use the bathroom. It also increases the capacity of your bladder and reduces contractions.
Oxybutynin is available in a variety of different forms including a topical gel, a patch, a syrup or an oral tablet in immediate- and extended-release forms. The brand name equivalent of Oxybutynin is called Ditropan.
Side effects of Oxybutynin include drowsiness, dizziness, blurry eyes, headache, upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, insomnia or excitability.
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Some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans in your area may cover Oxybutynin.
Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Oxybutynin.
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During this phase (the typical copay stage), you pay a copayment (flat fee) or coinsurance (percentage) for your covered medications.
Symptoms of an overactive bladder include a sudden urge to urinate that is difficult to control, involuntarily urinating right after feeling the urge to go to the bathroom, urinating frequently (eight or more times in 24 hours) or waking up 2 or more times throughout the night to urinate.
If you are 65 years or older, you may experience more side effects while taking Oxybutynin. Behavioral therapy such as urge suppression or bladder retraining is often prescribed for older adults.
If you use Oxybutynin, be aware of the sedation side effect and avoid doing activities that require your full attention.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.
Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.
Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.