Oxybutynin Chloride for Overactive Bladder
If you have symptoms of an overactive bladder, your healthcare provider may recommend a drug called oxybutynin chloride (Ditropan®). Specifically, this prescription medication is used to treat bladder problems caused by nerve problems (known medically as neurogenic bladder). Common symptoms of neurogenic bladder include:
- Painful urination (known as dysuria)
- Frequent urination (known as urinary frequency)
- Sudden, frequent urges to urinate (known as urinary urgency)
- Leaking accidents (known as urinary incontinence or urge incontinence).
Oxybutynin is also approved to treat bladder problems due to overactive bladder muscles caused by spina bifida or other neurological problems in children age six and older.
(Click What Is Oxybutynin Used For? to learn more. This article offers details on how oxybutynin chloride works to treat overactive bladder and describes some "off-label" uses of the medication.)