What is Ditropan?
Ditropan contains the active ingredient oxybutynin, a substance that reduces bladder contractions and helps the muscles in the bladder wall to relax. As a result, the bladder can hold more urine without there being an urge to urinate.
When is it used?
Ditropan is prescribed to treat symptoms caused by an overactive bladder, such as urinary incontinence and bed-wetting. Urinary incontinence due to an overactive bladder is also called urge incontinence. Patients with urge incontinence need to urinate often, even though their bladder is not yet completely full. Sometimes urine leaks before they have time to get to the toilet. Ditropan works by reducing the urge to urinate, which helps to control the release of urine.
How to use Ditropan
Ditropan tablets should be taken with some liquid, preferably during or after meals. Ditropan is not effective in all types of urinary incontinence. It takes four weeks to determine whether or not this medicine helps to ease your symptoms. Until then, keep taking Ditropan according to the doctor’s instructions.
Ditropan is available in the following dosage strengths: 2.5 mg and 5 mg tablets. Unless otherwise prescribed by the doctor, the usual starting dose to treat urge incontinence in adults and children aged five and above is:
- One 2.5 mg tablet, three times a day
The duration of the treatment is decided by the doctor.
If you have forgotten to take your dose of Ditropan, you may take the missed dose unless it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Never take two tablets of Ditropan at once to make up for the forgotten dose.
Ditropan may cause side effects. The most commonly noted side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Dizziness, sleepiness, blurred vision
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach ache and constipation
See package leaflet for more side effects, warnings and contraindications.
Little is known about the effects of this medicine on the (unborn) baby. Ditropan should therefore only be used with the doctor’s approval if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or breastfeeding.
Ditropan may cause dizziness, sleepiness or blurred vision. Please be aware of this and stay out of traffic if you are experiencing these side effects.
Alcohol may intensify side effects such as dizziness. It is important to reduce or stop alcohol consumption while on this medication.