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Ditropan XL

Clinical Effects

Studies have shown Ditropan XL to be effective for overactive bladder treatment. In clinical studies, people who took the drug significantly reduced the frequency of wetting accidents, compared to people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredient). In addition, studies have shown that once-daily Ditropan XL works just as well as the short-acting version, which must be taken several times a day.

When and How to Take Ditropan XL

General considerations for when and how to take Ditropan XL include the following:
  • Ditropan XL comes in tablet form. It is taken just once a day.
  • You can take this medication with food or on an empty stomach. If Ditropan XL seems to bother your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • The tablets are long-acting and must be swallowed whole. Do not crush, break, cut, or chew them.
  • Because the outer shells of Ditropan XL tablets do not dissolve, you may notice them in your stool. This is normal and does not decrease the effectiveness of the drug in any way.
  • Ditropan XL should be taken at the same time each day in order to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Dosing Information

The dose of Ditropan XL your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • How you respond to the drug
  • Your age
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Ditropan XL Dosage for more information.)

Ditropan XL Tablets -- Information

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