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Precautions and Warnings With the OTC Oxybutynin Patch

If you are going to use OTC oxybutynin patches for an overactive bladder, it is important to know that this medication can cause problems, such as allergic reactions and drug interactions. Other safety precautions with OTC oxybutynin patch involve warnings about using this drug if you have certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma, digestive problems, and kidney disease.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using OTC oxybutynin patch (Oxytrol® For Women) if you have:
   
In addition, check with your healthcare provider before using this medication if you are:
 
  • A man
  • Younger than 18 years old
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
 
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific OTC Oxybutynin Patch Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this drug include the following:
 
  • OTC oxybutynin patch can slow down the digestive system. This can cause problems, especially for people who already have a slow digestive system due to other medical problems.
 
  • This medication can make glaucoma worse. If you have glaucoma and use OTC oxybutynin patch, your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely. Check with your healthcare provider before beginning treatment.
 
  • The kidneys and liver help remove oxybutynin from your body. If you have kidney or liver disease, you may require extra monitoring by your healthcare provider and may need a lower OTC oxybutynin patch dosage. Check with your healthcare provider before using this product.
 
  • This medication may worsen myasthenia gravis. If you have this condition, check with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.
 
  • OTC oxybutynin patch can cause blurred vision, dizziness, and drowsiness. Make sure you know how this medicine affects you before driving or operating heavy machinery.
 
  • This drug can decrease your ability to sweat, which may increase your risk of heat stroke. Make sure to stay well hydrated in the heat.
   
  • Based on the pregnancy rating for the prescription version of this medication (Oxytrol®), OTC oxybutynin patch is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Oxytrol and Pregnancy).
 
  • Based on information for the prescription version of this medication, it is not known whether oxybutynin passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see Oxytrol and Breastfeeding).
 

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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