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Oxybutynin Dosing

For adults with bladder problems, the usual oxybutynin dosage to start is 5 mg two or three times a day. The recommended starting dose for children is 5 mg twice daily. If symptoms are not adequately controlled, oxybutynin dosing can be increased up to 5 mg four times a day (for adults) or 5 mg three times a day (for children).

Oxybutynin Dosing: An Introduction

The dose of oxybutynin chloride (Ditropan®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • How you respond to oxybutynin
  • Your age
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 

Oxybutynin Dosing for Adults

The recommended starting dose of oxybutynin for bladder problems in adults is 5 mg two to three times daily. If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase your dose up to 5 mg four times daily to control your symptoms.
 
A lower starting dose of oxybutynin (2.5 mg two to three times daily) is often recommended for the elderly, who may be more sensitive to oxybutynin side effects.
 

Oxybutynin Dosing for Children

The recommended starting dose of oxybutynin for bladder problems in children age five and over is 5 mg twice daily. If necessary, your child's healthcare provider may increase the dose up to 5 mg three times daily.
 

General Information on Dosing With Oxybutynin

Considerations for people taking oxybutynin include the following:
 
  • The medication comes in tablet and syrup form. It is usually taken by mouth two to four times daily.
     
  • Oxybutynin syrup may be especially useful for children or adults who have difficulty swallowing tablets.
     
  • You can take oxybutynin with or without food. If the drug bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
     
  • Oxybutynin should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Oxybutynin will not work if you stop taking it.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to oxybutynin dosing, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
     
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