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Precautions and Warnings With the OTC Oxybutynin Patch

Who Should Not Use OTC Oxybutynin Patch?

You should not use OTC oxybutynin patch if you:
 
  • Are allergic to Oxytrol For Women, oxybutynin, or any inactive components used to make the medication. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
 
  • Have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma.
 
  • Have difficulty passing urine (known medically as urinary retention). This is often caused by conditions such as an enlarged prostate.
 
  • Have a condition that slows down the emptying of food from your stomach.
 
  • Only have urine leakage when you cough, laugh, or sneeze, which is known as stress incontinence, a condition that is not helped by this medication.
 
  • Are under the age of 18 (this medication has not been adequately studied in children).
 
The package for OTC oxybutynin patch also states that men should not use this medication. However, keep in mind that the prescription version, which comes in exactly the same strength, is approved for men. Because bladder symptoms in men are often caused by other medical conditions, some of which can be serious, it is recommended that men use this product only under a healthcare provider's supervision.
 
Check with your healthcare provider before starting OTC oxybutynin patch if you have symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI). The symptoms of a UTI can be similar to those of an overactive bladder and may include:
 
  • Pain or burning when urinating, perhaps accompanied by a fever or chills
  • Blood in the urine
  • Unexplained back pain or side pain
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine.
 

Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which this medicine should not be used, as well as several safety issues people should be aware of before starting treatment. However, it is possible that not all of the warnings and precautions for OTC oxybutynin patch were discussed in this article. Therefore, talk with your healthcare provider about the specific issues that may apply to you.

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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