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Oxybutynin ER

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking oxybutynin ER if you have:
  • Liver disease, including liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Glaucoma
  • Digestive problems (especially those that cause a slowing of food through the digestive tract)
  • A narrowing ("stricture") of the digestive tract
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH)
  • Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Oxybutynin ER to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

How Does Oxybutynin ER Work?

Oxybutynin ER belongs to a group of drugs known as antimuscarinic or anticholinergic medications. It works to treat bladder problems by blocking specific receptors (called muscarinic receptors) in the bladder, which causes the muscles to relax. Since an overactive bladder is often due to muscle contractions that are too frequent and uncontrollable, oxybutynin ER can help relieve many bladder problem symptoms due to its effects.
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