Ditropan XL

Ditropan XL Medication Information:

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Ditropan XL 5 mg
Ditropan 5 mg
Ditropan XL 10 mg

About Ditropan XL

What Ditropan XL is used for

DITROPAN XL is used to relieve the symptoms of overactive bladder which include the frequent and urgent need to urinate with or without urine leakage.

What Ditropan XL does

DITROPAN XL relaxes the smooth muscle of the bladder which results in a decreased urgency and frequency of urination and episodes of urine leakage.

When Ditropan XL should not be used

You should not take DITROPAN XL if:

  • you have difficulty urinating, passing and digesting food, or suffer from glaucoma (high pressure and pain in the eyes), or if you are at risk for these conditions;

  • you are allergic to oxybutynin chloride or any of the other ingredients in DITROPAN XL (see What the nonmedicinal ingredients are:).

What the medicinal ingredient is

Oxybutynin chloride.

What the nonmedicinal ingredients for Ditropan XL are

Butylated hydroxytoluene, cellulose acetate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, polyethylene oxide, polysorbate 80, sodium chloride, synthetic iron oxides and titanium dioxide.

What dosage forms Ditropan XL comes in

Extended-release tablets: 5 and 10 mg.

Warnings and Precautions

BEFORE you use DITROPAN XL talk to your doctor or pharmacist if:

  • you suffer from stomach problems affecting passage and digestion of food;

  • you suffer from glaucoma (high pressure and pain in the eyes);

  • you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux or are taking drugs (such as bisphosphonates which are used to prevent bone thinning and fractures caused by osteoporosis) that can worsen esophagitis (inflammation of the tube that connects the mouth and the stomach);

  • you suffer from ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel disease);

  • you suffer from myasthenia gravis (a muscle weakening disease);

  • you suffer from heart problems;

  • you suffer from kidney and liver problems;

  • you are taking certain drugs for treatment of dementia (such as Alzheimer's Disease);

  • you have difficulty urinating;

  • you have had a reaction to oxybutynin chloride or any of the other ingredients;

  • you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant;

  • you are breast-feeding;

  • you are taking or have recently taken any other medication including medications bought without a prescription.

You should be informed of the following information when taking DITROPAN XL:

  • DITROPAN XL is contained within a nonabsorbable shell designed to release the drug at a controlled rate. The tablet shell is eliminated from the body; you should not be concerned if you occasionally notice in your stool something that looks like a tablet.

  • When administered in high environmental temperature, DITROPAN XL can cause heat prostration (fever and heat stroke due to decreased sweating).

  • DITROPAN XL may produce drowsiness or blurred vision. You should exercise caution while driving or operating machinery.

  • Alcohol may enhance the drowsiness caused by anticholinergic agents such as DITROPAN XL.

  • DITROPAN XL may cause central nervous system (CNS) effects (symptoms referring to changes in thinking or emotions) such as anxiety, nervousness, difficulty remembering, seeing or hearing things that are not actually there, and trouble thinking clearly or making decisions. You should watch for the signs of CNS effects, particularly in the first few months after beginning treatment or after an increase in the dose. If you experience any CNS effects, please contact your doctor immediately.

Interactions with Ditropan XL

Always tell your doctor about all medicines you are taking. Your doctor will decide if it is safe for you to use DITROPAN XL with other medicines. If you take any of the following medicines with DITROPAN XL, it may affect how well they work or increase the likelihood of side effects:

  • drugs that could result in serious adverse effects if small changes in dosage occur (such as digoxin for heart problems)

  • other anticholinergic drugs, used to treat a number of different medical conditions (a few examples are atropine for glaucoma or hyoscine for nausea), or drugs with similar undesired effects (such as dry mouth, constipation, drowsiness, and blurred vision)

  • certain antibiotics (such as erythromycin and clarithromycin)

  • certain medicines for the treatment of fungal infections (such as oral ketoconazole, itraconazole, and miconazole)

Proper Use of Ditropan XL

DITROPAN XL tablets should be swallowed whole with the aid of liquids. Do not chew, divide, or crush the tablets.

DITROPAN XL may be administered with or without food.

Usual dose

The usual starting dose of DITROPAN XL is 5 or 10 mg once daily at a consistent time each day. Dosage may be adjusted in 5 mg increments to achieve a balance of efficacy and tolerability (up to a maximum of 30 mg/day). In general, dosage adjustment may proceed at approximately weekly intervals.


If you take more tablets than your doctor prescribed, call your doctor or regional Poison Control Centre immediately.

Missed dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Instead, take the next scheduled dose. Do not try to make up for the missed dose by taking a double dose next time.

Side Effects for Ditropan XL and What to Do About Them

In clinical studies with DITROPAN XL, the most common side effects reported by patients were dry mouth, constipation, drowsiness, headache, blurred vision, dizziness, diarrhea and nausea.

Serious Side Effects, How Often They Happen and What to Do About Them
Symptom/Effect Talk with your doctor or pharmacist Stop taking drug and call your doctor or pharmacist
Only if severe In all cases
Uncommon Seeing or hearing things that are not really there.    
Feeling agitated, behaving irrationally and thinking abnormally.    
Very Rare Fast or uneven heartbeat.    

This is not a complete list of side effects. For any unexpected effects while taking DITROPAN XL, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


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