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Precautions and Warnings With Oxybutynin

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Oxybutynin

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking oxybutynin include the following:
  • The kidneys and liver help to remove the drug from your body. Therefore, if you have kidney or liver disease, you may require extra monitoring by your healthcare provider and you may need to take a lower oxybutynin dosage.
  • Make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have myasthenia gravis, hyperthyroidism, heart disease, congestive heart failure, an arrhythmia, a hernia, high blood pressure (hypertension), ulcerative colitis, acid reflux, or an enlarged prostate, as oxybutynin can make these problems worse.
  • The medication can cause blurred vision, dizziness, and drowsiness. Make sure you know how oxybutynin affects you before driving or operating heavy machinery.
  • Oxybutynin may interact with a number of other medications (see Oxybutynin Drug Interactions).
  • Oxybutynin is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Ditropan and Pregnancy).
  • It is not known if oxybutynin passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Ditropan and Breastfeeding).
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