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Ditropan XL is used to treat bladder problems such as frequent urination and sudden urges to urinate. By blocking certain receptors in the bladder, the drug helps to relax the bladder muscle and reduce symptoms of bladder problems. It comes in the form of a tablet that is taken once a day. Common side effects include dry mouth, constipation, and drowsiness.

What Is Ditropan XL?

Ditropan XL® (oxybutynin ER) is a prescription medication used to treat an overactive bladder. In particular, the medicine is approved to help treat the following bladder problems due to an overactive bladder:
  • Frequent urination (known as urinary frequency)
  • Sudden, frequent urges to urinate (known as urinary urgency)
  • Leaking accidents (known as urinary incontinence or urge incontinence).
Ditropan XL is also approved to treat bladder problems due to overactive bladder muscles (caused by spina bifida or other neurological problems) in children age six and older.
(Click Ditropan XL Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes It?

Ditropan XL is made by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. Generic versions are made by a few different manufacturers.

How Does This Medication Work?

Ditropan XL belongs to a group of drugs known as antimuscarinic or anticholinergic medications. It works for bladder problems by blocking specific receptors in the bladder, called muscarinic receptors, which helps the muscles of the bladder to relax. Since an overactive bladder is often due to muscle contractions that are too frequent and uncontrollable, Ditropan XL can help relieve many bladder problem symptoms.
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