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Ditropan XL is often prescribed to those that are tired of dealing with a constant urge to urinate, the need to urinate often, or incontinence. The unstable and involuntary contractions of your bladder make it difficult to control when you want to urinate and it can be embarrassing if you cannot find a washroom in time. For many women, growing old gracefully is not always an option if they are unable to cough or sneeze without urine leakage. This condition is not uncommon and it is treatable with Ditropan XL.
Ditropan XL or generic Oxybutynin Extended Release is an anticholinergic medication that blocks the cholinergic receptors located on the surface of muscle cells. This action prevents acetylcholine, a body chemical that acts as a neurotransmitter for sending signals, from acting on the receptors and causing your muscles to contract. In this case, it is your detrusor muscle that usually remains relaxed to allow the urine to be stored in your bladder and contracts when it is time to release the urine. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Although urge incontinence can be age related, there are a number of diseases and conditions that can cause the involuntary contractions of your bladder muscle, such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, some cancers, and kidney or bladder stones. Children 6 years of age and older with spina bifida or other nerve disorders can have an overactive bladder and may be prescribed Ditropan XL.
If your child is 6 years of age or older and is having problems with bed-wetting, ask your doctor if Ditropan XL can help. It isn’t necessarily a medical condition that can cause enuresis; it could be that your child has a small bladder, is stressed about something, or may be a heavy sleeper. Ditropan XL could be a short-term medicine for a long-term solution to bed-wetting for your child.
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breast-feeding as it is not known whether the ingredients of Ditropan XL can cause harm to an unborn or nursing baby. Discuss other medical conditions and allergies you have and provide a list of any over the counter and Rx drugs you take, including herbal or homeopathic preparations and vitamin supplements, so your doctor can determine if Ditropan XL is safe for you to take.
Avoid over-exercising and exposure to hot weather as Ditropan XL can decrease your body’s ability to perspire. You may notice your vision is blurry or your thinking and reactions are diminished when taking Ditropan XL; so until you are certain how your body is going to react, you should not drive, operate machinery, or do anything that requires you to be alert.
If you experience extreme thirst, stomach pain, constipation, burning when you urinate, or you cannot urinate, stop taking Ditropan XL and call your doctor right away.