by on April 16, 2012
Brand Names:Ditropan, Ditropan XL, Urotrol, Lyrinel XL, Oxytrol
Generic name:oxybutynin
Pregnancy Category:C
Half-life:12.4 - 13.2 hours

What is Oxybutynin?

Oxybutynin is an anticholinergic and antispasmodic medication, meaning it acts upon the smooth muscles of the bladder and urinary tract, to reduce irritation and the resulting spasms that produce frequent urgency to urinate and incontinence. Trademarked names for Oxybutynin include Ditropan and Lyrinel XL, in oral form; a transdermal patch called Oxytrol; and a topical gel called Gelnique.

When you take Ditropan, make sure to do so exactly as directed, to ensure maximum efficacy. Ditropan comes in several delivery methods, including extended-release tablets and a liquid form. Always take the medication at the right time of day, with a full glass of water. The extended release tablets contain anywhere between 5-15% of the active ingredient; your doctor will help determine which concentration your condition requires. The normal adult dosage is a 5mg tablet three times daily. Do not crush, break, or chew the tablets. The liquid form of Ditropan is administered via cup or spoon; always make sure you measure it exactly, to avoid overdose.

Ditropan OxybutyninDitropan or oxybutynin is used to treat problems related to inadvertent muscle spasms in the bladder or urinary tract. The most common medical conditions that Ditropan is prescribed to help with are:

  • Overactive bladder
  • Irritable bladder
  • Frequent, urgent need to urinate
  • Increased nighttime urination
  • Urge incontinence
  • Dysuria