Ditropan

Generic name: Oxybutynin chloride.

Ditropan is an antispasmodic/anticholinergic. It slows the action of the bowel and reduces the amount of stomach acid. 

Quick Facts About Ditropan

Purpose

Used to relax the bladder muscle and reduce spasms. Treats the symptoms associated with inability to control the bladder.

Ditropan Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed.

  • Usual adult dose: tablets — one 5-milligram tablet taken 2 to 3 times per day, up to 4 tablets per day. Syrup — one teaspoonful 2 to 3 times per day, up to 4 times per day. Seniors — not usually prescribed for older seniors.
  • Usual child dose (children over 5 years): tablets — one 5-milligram tablet taken 2 times per day, up to 3 tablets per day. Syrup — one teaspoonful 2 times per day, up to 3 times per day. Not generally prescribed for children under 5 years.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Ditropan Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

coma, convulsions, delirium, difficulty breathing, fever, flushing, hallucinations, irritability, low or high blood pressure, nausea, paralysis, rapid heartbeat, restlessness, tremor, vomiting. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: constipation, decreased production of tears, decreased sweating, difficulty falling or staying asleep, dilation of the pupils, dim vision, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, eye paralysis, hallucinations, impotence, inability to urinate, nausea, palpitations, rapid heartbeat, rash, restlessness, suppression of milk production, weakness.

No known less common or rare Ditropan side effects.

Interactions

Inform your doctor before combining Ditropan with sedatives such as Halcion or Restoril.

Alcohol may cause increased drowsiness.

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. May appear in breast milk, could affect a nursing infant

Not usually prescribed for older seniors.

Not generally prescribed for children under 5 years.

  • Do not take if sensitive to or allergic to this medication.
  • May cause drowsiness and impair your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. Do not take part in any activity that requires alertness.
  • May cause heat prostration; use with caution if you are exposed to high temperatures.
  • Should not take if you have: abnormal muscle weakness, certain types of untreated glaucoma, partial or complete gastrointestinal tract blockage, obstructed bowel, severe colitis, or urinary tract obstruction.
  • Immediately contact your doctor if you have an ileostomy or colostomy and develop diarrhea.
  • Use with caution if you have: kidney or liver disease, or nervous system disorder.
  • May experience aggravation if you suffer from the following: congestive heart failure, enlarged prostate, heart disease, irregular or rapid heartbeat, or overactive thyroid.

Note:

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