Oxytrol Side Effects

Oxytrol is a non-prescription medication used to treat overactive bladder. The patient may not have control of the muscles of the bladder. According to clinical trials, Oxytrol side effects may be severe or mild. This medication is available on any drug store in the form of patches, which can be applied in the hip, stomach or buttocks. In case of severe side effects, it is advisable to remove the patches from the skin. Side effects associated with Oxytrol medication include:

Side Effects of Oxytrol

Gastrointestinal Side Effects

The most commonly reported gastrointestinal side effects of Oxytrol medication include dry mouth. This side effect has been reported in more than 10 percent of the treated patients. The symptoms of dry mouth can be reversed by the discontinuation of medication or removal of Oxytrol patches from the body.

On the other hand, to relieve dry mouth symptoms patient may also chew gum, drink plenty of water as a saliva substitute; or suck any sugarless candy or ice chip. These remedies may give instant relief from the dry mouth symptoms. Other less common gastrointestinal side effect reported in 1 to 10 percent Oxytrol treated patients include diarrhea, vomiting, loose stool, stomach upset or Dyspepsia (impaired digestion); aptyalism ( deficiency of saliva); eructation ( release of gas from the digestive tract through the mouth); pain in the abdomen and taste perversion.

Among all the less commonly occurring side effects, taste perversion has been reported to occur infrequently in clinical trials. The uncommon symptoms occurring in 0.1 percent to 1 percent of patients include frequent bowel movements and Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing). All gastrointestinal side effects are mild to moderate and may be reduced after discontinuation of the medication. In case of severity contact your health care provider.

Heart Risk

The common cardiovascular side effects occurring in 1 to 10 percent of Oxytrol treated patients include tachycardia – a condition when heart rate exceeds the normal range; hypertension ( high blood pressure); widening of blood vessels and severe pain in the chest. Uncommonly reported side effects occurring 0.1 to 1 percent include hot flushes (night sweats if they happen at night) and chest discomfort. Some patients may also experience hypotension or low blood pressure. Hypotension has not been reported to occur frequently in clinical trials. Contact your doctor immediately in case of severity.

Urinary Side Effects

The very common side effects of Oxytrol medication include impaired urination and urinary tract infection. These side effects have been reported to occur in more than 10 percent of patients in clinical trials. People may also experience abnormal or frequent urination at the daytime hours accompanied by pain while passing urine.

Men may also face difficulty in erection or penetration due to thoughts or feelings. Apart from frequent urination, some people may experience the inability to empty urinary bladder accompanied by increased post-void urine. These side effects if occur may turn to be serious and should be immediately reported to your doctor.

Other Side Effects

The other side effects associated with Oxytrol medication include fluid retention, increased blood glucose; eating disorder characterized by immoderate food restriction and irrational fear of gaining weight, and dehydration. Patients may also experience blurred vision, dry eyes, Paralysis of the ciliary muscles of the eye, irritation in eyes, and enlargement of eye pupils. A patient may also suffer from psychiatric disorders including depression, nervousness, state of confusion and inability to all asleep or stay asleep for a longer duration.

Oxytrol Overdose

As with any other medication, an overdose of Oxytrol may prove fatal. Since the drug is not taken orally and used in the form of patches, the severity of Oxytrol overdosage will depend on how many patches are stuck or if Oxytrol patches are used in combination with other medication or alcohol.

Excess intake of Oxytrol may cause symptoms such as severe constipation, dry mouth, dry eyes; increased pressure within the eyes, dilated pupils; difficulty passing urine and blurred vision. Minor symptoms such as constipation may be treated by eating food rich in fiber, drinking plenty of fluid and exercise. Other symptoms may be treated by removing Oxytrol patches from the body. In case of severity contact your healthcare provider.


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