Oxybutynin is an anti-cholinergic and an anti-spasmodic medication, used to treat urinary incontinence in both children over the age of five and adults. It is manufactured by Accord Healthcare Limited.
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Oxybutynin belongs to a group of medications called anti-cholinergics and anti-spasmodics. These drugs are prescribed to treat urinary incontinence in adults and children over the age of five, which it does by relaxing the bladder’s muscles.
Urinary incontinence can be caused by a variety of issues, some physical and others psychological. It can broadly be split into four different groups, each based on the triggers for the condition.
Stress incontinence occurs when a person laughs, coughs or sneezes, putting pressure on the bladder and causing leakages. This is triggered by either damage to, or the weakening of the muscles associated with holding urine in the bladder, such as the urethral sphincter.
Urge incontinence is the sudden need to urinate that is followed by the urine passing immediately, giving little time to get to the bathroom. An overactivity in certain pelvic muscles, which control the bladder, is usually the cause of this type of incontinence.
Overflow incontinence happens when the bladder does not empty completely, producing leakage after urination. The most common cause of this condition is a blockage in the bladder, which prevents it from properly emptying fully.
Total incontinence describes the inability to hold any urine in the bladder, causing a frequent flow throughout the day. There are many conditions that might lead to total incontinence, but it is usually the result of damage caused after giving birth, such as a bladder fistula.
There are many ways in which to treat urinary incontinence, with medication being just one. Lifestyle changes, including the cutting down of alcohol consumption, can be highly effective, as can controlling your weight. Keeping generally fit will also have some positive effects, as can pelvic floor exercises. If these preventative practices aren’t as effective as you would like them to be, medications - such as Oxybutynin - can relieve many of the symptoms. Other actions may include surgery, which is only suitable in some cases, as well as the use of incontinent products, like incontinent pads.
If you have any concerns, feel free to contact our video consultation service where our registered clinicians can provide advice as to what might be the best course of action for you. We can also dispense fit notes and prescriptions, as well as access to the relevant specialists. It is available between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Please refer to the leaflet and the instructions given by your prescriber when taking this treatment.
Report any side effects you get to your doctor or pharmacist. Go to hospital if you get any side effects that become serious. If you begin taking any other medications, it's important to let your prescriber know. When being issued this treatment, it's also important to let your prescriber know about any treatments you're using currently.
How should it be stored?
In order to protect the product from moisture, it should be kept in its original packaging. It is also important that the environment the package is stored in does not exceed 30℃. All medications should be kept out of the reach of children.
Can I consume alcohol while using Oxybutynin?
Oxybutynin can cause mild drowsiness, which can be increased by the consumption of alcohol. For this reason, it is not recommended that you drink alcohol during treatment.
Can I drive while taking it?
If you feel drowsy or have blurred vision while taking Oxybutynin, you should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery.
Am I allergic to any of its ingredients?
Oxybutynin contains lactose, which may make it unsuitable for those with a lactose intolerance. Other than the medication’s active ingredient, oxybutynin hydrochloride, the tablets contain the following:
Magnesium stearate (E572)
Can I buy it over the counter?
Women can buy an Oxybutynin patch over the counter, which produces 3.9mg of the active substance daily. The tablet form of the medication, and for use in men, will require a prescription.
How can I buy Oxybutynin online?
You can buy Oxybutynin online through the use of our video consultation service. Our GMC registered doctors are able to write prescriptions for Oxybutynin if you have previously been prescribed the medication after a face to face appointment with your doctor. We will also require access to your summary care record (SCR) in order to ascertain if this treatment is safe for you. Once you have your prescription, it can be sent on to our GChP registered pharmacy, where your treatment will be sent via our next day courier in discreet packaging.
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