Dry mouth, constipation, and itching or redness at the application site are the most common side effects of the oxybutynin patch. In most cases, side effects of the medication are mild and do not require treatment or can be treated easily. However, you should seek medical attention immediately if you develop serious oxybutynin patch side effects, such as an allergic reaction, difficulty urinating, or confusion.
Starting in September 2013, oxybutynin patches will be available without a prescription and will be sold under the name "Oxytrol for Women" to treat women over age 18 with overactive bladder. The prescription version will still be available. It is unclear how this will affect the price and insurance coverage for the oxybutynin patch.
An Introduction to Oxybutynin Patch Side Effects
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with the oxybutynin patch (Oxytrol®); however, not everyone who uses the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with the oxybutynin patch. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of oxybutynin patch side effects with you.)
Serious Side Effects Seen With the Oxybutynin Patch
Some side effects with the oxybutynin patch, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. FDA approves over-the-counter Oxytrol for Women to treat overactive bladder (January 25, 2013). FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm336815.htm. Accessed March 14, 2013.
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