OTC Oxybutynin Patch

You can buy OTC oxybutynin patch without a prescription to help treat an overactive bladder. Although a prescription version is available for both men and women, the OTC oxybutynin patch is approved for women only. One patch is applied directly on the skin every four days. Side effects may include itching at the application site, constipation, and dry mouth.

What Is OTC Oxybutynin Patch?

OTC oxybutynin patch (Oxytrol® For Women) is a nonprescription medication used to treat an overactive bladder. It is currently the only over-the-counter (OTC) bladder control medication available in the United States.
OTC oxybutynin patch is the same strength as the prescription-only version. However, unlike the prescription version, which is approved for use in both men and women, the over-the-counter version is approved only for women, as the name suggests. This is because the safety and effectiveness of self-treatment, without a prescription, was studied only in women.
OTC oxybutynin patch is approved to help treat the following problems due to an overactive bladder:
  • Sudden urges to urinate (known as urinary urgency)
  • Frequent urination (known as urinary frequency)
  • Leaking accidents (known as urinary incontinence or urge incontinence).
(Click What Is the OTC Oxybutynin Patch Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, OTC oxybutynin patch can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Based on side effects of the prescription version, common reactions to the OTC oxybutynin patch include but are not limited to:
(Click OTC Oxybutynin Patch Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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