Oxybutynin review

Urinary Incontinence or thes difficulty in controlling frequent urination is most common among the older population, especially those who are 65 and beyond. However, certain other conditions make this affect a good sum of the younger ones as well. In those cases, Urinary Incontinence is mostly caused by urinary and bladder disorders.

Frequent and uncontrollable urination can also be caused by a birth defect concerning spinal disability. Spina Bifida is a developmental defect where the neural tube does not close properly, which results in a deformed spinal cord. It can affect other parts of the system including the urinary tract.

Urinary Incontinence, whatever condition may have caused it, is easier to tackle with a supervised medication treatment. Drugs from the anticholinergics class are used to relax the bladder muscles, offering relief from frequent, urgent, and uncontrolled urination. Oxybutynin is a medicine from this class. It is an oral medication that goes under the trade names Ditropan, Lyrinel XL, OXytrol, and Ditrospam.

Aside from Urinary Incontinence, Oxybutynin is also used to provide relief for hyper-active sweating.

The use of Oxybutynin raises the common concerns for people who will be under a drug treatment. Allergies to the drug, several health conditions, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and an upcoming surgery must be discussed thoroughly with the doctor. Patients under Oxybutynin treatment must be well-informed as well on how the drugs may affect their day-to-day activities. Oxybutynin can cause drowsiness and a blurred vision, which may hinder a person’s ability to operate machines or even drive an automobile. Alcohol intake must also be discussed since it may worsen the drowsiness effect.

Certain measures, which can prevent the adverse effects of anticholinergics like Oxybutynin, must also be taken up with the doctor prior to the drug treatment. If a patient shows high risk of experiencing severe episodes of dry mouth, constipation, urination difficulty, dizziness, and delirium, the doctor will most likely prescribe a modified release tablet rather than the ordinary tablet. In some cases, patients may be submitted through a low dosage, which is gradually increased over time, until the patient is able to adapt to the drug’s effects.

Oxybutynin comes in different preparations. The tablets are just one of them. There is also the liquid suspension and the transdermal patch. Oxybutynin is commonly prescribed twice a day or four times a day for regular tablet and liquid suspension users. Extended-release tablets and transdermal patches, meanwhile, are used once a day.

It is important, for any drug treatment to work, that the patient follows the doctor’s prescription strictly. Take the dose as directed. A missed dose should be taken immediately after realizing that it occurred. If it is too close to the next dosing schedule, however, the missed dose must be skipped altogether. Under dosage and over dosage both have adverse effects.

The decision to stop or continue the Oxybutynin treatment beyond the prescribed period relies solely on the doctor. Make regular consultations a habit while under the drug treatment to be monitored for the body’s responses and the occurrence of side effects. Working side-by-side a qualified professional has more benefits that are often overlooked by other patients.

Oxybutynin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of oxybutynin

• Molecular formula of oxybutynin is C22H31NO3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 4-diethylaminobut-2-ynyl2-cyclohexyl-2-hydroxy-2-phenyl-ethanoate
• Molecular weight is 357.486 g/mol
Oxybutynin available : 5mg tablets, 10mg tablets, 15mg tablets, 5mg/5ml syrup

Brand name(s): Ditropan, Oxibutinina, Oxibutyninum, Oxybutinin, Oxybutynine, Oxybutyninum, Oxytrol

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