So, you’re starting a new prescription for oxybutynin. This is going to help relax your bladder, so it can hold more urine, hopefully it will help with the need to frequently urinate.
Thank goodness! I always have to pee in the night.
Common side effects include dizziness or drowsiness, blurred vision, constipation,dry mouth, nausea and urinary retention. Don’t drive or participate in activities that require alertness until you know how the medication will effect you. Also, don’t drink alcohol while taking this. If you suffer from dry mouth you can try chewing sugarless gum and practice good oral hygiene, but if it keeps up for over 2 weeks let your doctor know. Oxybutynin can decrease your ability to sweat, so watch out for activites that could cause overheating. Make sure and schedule regular eye exams to watch for glaucoma. To prevent constipation increase your fiber intake and fluid intake, but if it continues let your doctor know. Also let her know if you can’t seem to go pee.
Stop taking it immediately and seek medical atttention if you experience a rash, difficulty breathing or swelling of your face, tongue or throat!
Oh my goodness! I'll be sure to watch for these.
Another thing you should know is that some medications can interfere with this one: ketoconazole, itraconazole, erythromycin and clarithromycin may increase the effects of this medication. When taken with other medications that also have anticholinergic properties including amantadine, antidepressants, phenothiazines, disopyramide and haloperidol, the anticholinergic effects can be increased. It can result in additive CNS depression when taken with other CNS depressants such as alcohol, antihistamines, antidepressants, opioids and sedatives. It can also reduce the effects of metoclopramide.
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If this medication doesn’t end up being a good fit for you some other options we can try later are: darifenacin, tolterodine, trospium, solifenacin and fesoterodine. In terms of complementary and alternative medicine treatment, acupuncture has shown early evidence of benefits as well.