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What Is Oxybutynin Used For?

How Does Oxybutynin Work?

Oxybutynin belongs to a group of drugs known as antimuscarinic or anticholinergic medications. It works to treat bladder problems by blocking specific receptors in the bladder, called muscarinic receptors, which helps the muscles of the bladder to relax. Since oxybutynin helps calm bladder muscle contractions that are too frequent and uncontrollable, it can help relieve many associated symptoms.

Is Oxybutynin Used in Children?

Oxybutynin is approved to treat bladder problems caused by nerve disorders in children as young as five years old. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children. In addition to tablets, oxybutynin comes in a syrup form, which is often easier for children to take.

Is Oxybutynin Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend oxybutynin for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. At this time, however, there are no universally accepted off-label oxybutynin uses.
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