Certain bladder conditions that are caused by nerve problems can be treated with Ditropan. Uses of the medication specifically include the treatment of neurogenic bladder symptoms, such as painful urination, sudden or frequent urges to urinate, and leaking accidents. Ditropan can be used in children as young as five years old. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label Ditropan uses.
Ditropan® (oxybutynin chloride) is a prescription medication used to treat bladder problems caused by nerve problems (known medically as neurogenic bladder). In particular, Ditropan is approved to treat the following neurogenic bladder symptoms:
- Frequent urination
- Sudden, frequent urges to urinate
- Painful urination
- Leaking accidents (known as urinary incontinence or urge incontinence).
Bladder problems are often caused by muscle contractions that are too frequent and uncontrollable. Normally, the bladder slowly fills until nerve signals tell your brain that the bladder is full and you need to use the bathroom. Then the brain sends nerve signals to the bladder, causing the muscles to contract when you urinate. Nerve signals are important in order for this process to work correctly. Sometimes, nerve problems (which may occur in the brain, the spinal cord, or the nerves of the bladder) interfere with this process. Ditropan can be useful for treating bladder problems caused by a nerve disorder that causes the bladder muscles to contract too frequently and uncontrollably.
Sometimes, bladder problems occur as a result of nerve disorders that prevent the muscles from contracting. In these cases, not only is Ditropan ineffective, but it actually worsens such problems.