Generic Name: oxybutynin (topical) (OX i BUE ti nin)Brand Names: Gelnique
Oxybutynin reduces muscle spasms of the bladder and urinary tract.
Oxybutynin topical (for the skin) is used to treat symptoms of overactive bladder, such as frequent or urgent urination and incontinence (urine leakage).
Oxybutynin topical may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before using oxybutynin topical, tell your doctor if you have urination problems, glaucoma, liver or kidney disease, myasthenia gravis, severe constipation, ulcerative colitis or other intestinal disorder, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or slow digestion.Do not bathe, shower, swim, use a hot tub, or exercise vigorously for at least 1 hour after applying this medication.
It is best to cover treated skin areas with clothing after the gel has dried completely. This will help prevent getting this medicine on your other skin or on other people.Oxybutynin gel is flammable. Avoid using near open flame, and do not smoke until the gel has completely dried on your skin. Oxybutynin can cause blurred vision, drowsiness, or dizziness. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of oxybutynin.
Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated while you are using oxybutynin topical.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using oxybutynin topical?Do not use this medication if you are allergic to oxybutynin, or if you have:
untreated or uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma;
a blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines); or
if you have decreased urination or are unable to urinate.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:
bladder obstruction or other urination problems;
myasthenia gravis (a nerve-muscle disorder);
an intestinal disorder such as ulcerative colitis; or
a stomach disorder such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or slow digestion.
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.Wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying this medication. Also wash the skin area to be treated. Use a mild soap or cleanser.
Each packet of oxybutynin gel is for one use only. Throw away the empty packet in a place where children and pets cannot get to it.
Tear open the sealed packet and empty the entire contents into your hand. You may also empty the packet directly onto the treatment area. Oxybutynin topical can be applied to the skin on your stomach, upper arm, shoulder, or thigh.
Apply the gel to a different place on any of these skin areas each time you use it. Do not apply the gel to the same skin two days in a row.Do not bathe, shower, swim, use a hot tub, or exercise vigorously for at least 1 hour after applying this medication.
It is best to cover treated skin areas with clothing after the gel has dried completely. This will help prevent getting this medicine on your other skin or on other people. If someone else does come into contact with a treated skin area, they should wash the contact area right away with soap and water.Oxybutynin gel is flammable. Avoid using near open flame, and do not smoke until the gel has completely dried on your skin. Keep oxybutynin gel in its sealed packet until you are ready to use it. Store the packets at room temperature away from heat and moisture.
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Overdose symptoms may include feeling restless or excited, warmth or tingly feeling, fever, thirst, hot and dry skin, uneven heart rate, vomiting, and urinating less than usual or not at all.
Avoid applying lotions, powders, oils to the skin you plan to treat with oxybutynin topical. These other skin products can make it harder for your skin to absorb oxybutynin, and it may not work as well. You may apply oxybutynin gel to skin that has been treated with sunscreen.Avoid getting this medication in your mouth, nose, or eyes. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water. Do not apply the gel to recently shaved skin, open wounds, or irritated or broken skin. Oxybutynin can cause blurred vision, drowsiness, or dizziness. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of oxybutynin.
Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated while you are using oxybutynin topical.
fever with hot, dry skin;
uneven heart rate;
pain, burning, or other difficulty when urinating; or
severe itching, redness, pain, rash, or other irritation where the medication was applied.
Less serious side effects may include:
mild skin irritation where the gel was applied;
cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat;
dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling;
stuffy nose, sore throat; or
nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
atropine (Atreza, Sal-Tropine), belladonna (Donnatal, and others), benztropine (Cogentin), dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), methscopolamine (Pamine), or scopolamine (Transderm-Scop);
bronchodilators such as ipratropium (Atrovent) or tiotropium (Spiriva);
other forms of oxybutynin (Ditropan, Oxytrol);
other bladder or urinary medications such as darifenacin (Enablex), flavoxate (Urispas), tolterodine (Detrol), or solifenacin (Vesicare); or
irritable bowel medications such as dicyclomine (Bentyl), hyoscyamine (Anaspaz, Cystospaz, Levsin, and others), or propantheline (Pro-Banthine).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with oxybutynin topical. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.