A healthcare provider may prescribe Anturol to treat an overactive bladder in adults. This drug is used for relieving many of the symptoms of an overactive bladder, such as a frequent need to urinate, sudden strong urges to urinate, and leaking accidents. It works by relaxing the muscles that control the bladder, helping to reduce frequent and uncontrollable contractions.
What Is Anturol Used For?Anturol® (oxybutynin gel) is a prescription medication approved for treating an overactive bladder. It belongs to a group of medications known as anticholinergics or antimuscarinics. It is one of only a few overactive bladder medications available in the form of a gel that is applied to the skin.
Although some people just accept that an overactive bladder is simply a normal part of aging, it is not something a person must live with. Effective treatments are available.
An overactive bladder is caused by contractions of the bladder muscle that are too frequent and usually uncontrollable. Normally, the bladder fills slowly until nerve signals tell your brain that the bladder is full and you need to use the bathroom. Then the bladder muscles contract when you urinate. However, in some people, the muscles contract frequently and spastically. This causes the following overactive bladder symptoms:
- A frequent need to urinate (usually defined as needing to go more than eight times in 24 hours)
- Sudden strong urges to urinate (known as urinary urgency)
- Leaking accidents (known as urinary incontinence or urge incontinence).
Sometimes, an overactive bladder is caused by other medical problems, such as an enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). In these cases, it is best to treat the underlying problem instead of using Anturol. The medication is not approved for other types of bladder problems. In fact, Anturol can actually make some other types of bladder problems worse.