Bladder difficulties management with Oxybutynin
Oxybutynin is a certain type of medication which is commonly used for the reduction of muscle spasms which occur in the bladder and the urinary tract. It can be used for the treatment of symptoms of overactive bladder. Such symptoms include increased night time urination, urine leakage, urgent urination and frequent urination. In some cases this medicament may be used for certain other medical conditions. Those who are allergic to oxybutynin should not use it because it may trigger allergic reactions. Those who are unable to urinate, those who have some sort of blockage in the digestive tract and those who suffer from a medical condition called narrow angle glaucoma need to be very careful and need to consult the doctor before using oxynutynin for the treatment of bladder related medical condition. Other medical conditions which may prevent the person from using oxybutynin because of an increased risk of further medical complications include slow digestion, gastroesophageal reflux disease, blockage in the intestines, blockage in the stomach, ulcerative colitis, myasthenia gravis, enlarged prostate, kidney disease, liver disease, glaucoma and various different sorts of stomach disorders. Dehydration and overheating should be avoided a much as possible because oxybutynin increases the risk of stroke in such situations. In some cases it may alter the person’s vision and compromise the reactions, so it mostly advised not to drive a car or operate any kind of machinery under the influence of the medication. Another big issue with oxybutynin is that it may interact with certain other types of medications. This is why the patient needs to inform the doctor about all prescription and over the counter medications that he or she using before opting to use oxybutynin for the treatment of bladder related medical conditions. Such medications may also include all other sorts of drugs, herbal remedies, herbal products, minerals, vitamins and all other supplements. One should never start using any new type of medication without consulting the doctor first. Pregnant women and women who plan on becoming pregnant should steer clear of oxybutynin because it may have some unwanted side effects on the unborn child. Breastfeeding mothers also need to stay away from this type of medication because it may pass into the mother’s milk and cause some unwanted negative effects on the baby. The medication always needs to be used according to the instruction provided in the prescription label which is given by the doctor. If anything else, the patient may take the medications according to the direction on the package. This medication should never be taken for periods longer than recommended by the doctor and it should never be taken in a dosage higher than the one prescribed by the doctor. Oxybutynin always needs to be taken with a glass full of water, and it be taken with or without food, depending on the patient’s preferences. The extended release tablet should never be broken, crushed or chewed upon, it always needs to be swallowed as a whole. This is due to the fact that it is designed to release slowly inside the body. Oxybutynin also can be taken in the liquid form. In such cases, the patient needs to carefully measure the dose with a special dose measuring cup or spoon. Such devices can be purchased in most well equipped pharmacies. It is very important to take the medication always at the same time of each day. The tablet shell of the extended release tablet is not meant to be absorbed in the human body so it is commonly passed into the stool without being dissolved. This type of medication needs to be kept at room temperature. It also needs to stay away from heat and moisture so it cannot be kept in the bathroom. If a person misses a dose, he or she needs to take it as soon as remembered. If the time for the next dose is near, then the dosing schedule needs to be restored starting from the next dose on. It is of utmost importance never to double the doses in order to make up for those that have been missed, because that can be very dangerous. If a person suffers an oxybutynin overdose, he or she needs to seek immediate medical attention. Overdose is usually characterized by certain symptoms such as urinating less than usual, not urinating at all, vomiting, uneven heart rate, fever, tingly feeling and restlessness.
Side effects from Oxybutynin
As is the case with most different types of prescribed medications, over the counter medications, herbal remedies, supplements, solutions and all other substances which are commonly used for the prevention and treatment of various sorts of ailments and medical condition, oxybutynin may also be involved in certain side effects. Those usually include dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, constipation, difficulty in urination and dry mouth. Some rare cases may involve severe side effects such as burning sensations associated with urination, severe stomach pain and extreme thirst.