What Is the OTC Oxybutynin Patch Used For?

How Does It Work?

OTC oxybutynin patch works by binding to specific receptors, called muscarinic receptors, in the bladder, relaxing these muscles. Because an overactive bladder is often caused by muscles that contract too frequently and uncontrollably, this drug can help relieve many of the symptoms of an overactive bladder.

Is OTC Oxybutynin Patch Used in Children?

OTC oxybutynin patch is not approved for use in children (officially defined as individuals younger than the age of 18). Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using this medicine in children.

What About Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product to treat something other than an overactive bladder in adult women. At this time, using it for overactive bladder treatment in men is an off-label use. The prescription version (Oxytrol®), which comes in exactly the same strength as the nonprescription one, is approved for both men and women.
Why isn't the nonprescription version approved for men? There are two main reasons. First, in order for a prescription medication to be approved for nonprescription use, studies must be done to make sure people can safely and effectively self-diagnose and self-treat the condition with it. For OTC oxybutynin patch, those studies were performed in women, although it is likely that future studies may also be done in men.
Second, an overactive bladder in men is more difficult to self-diagnose, as the same symptoms can be caused by a number of other, sometimes serious, medical conditions.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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