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Make sure to review the warnings and precautions for Gelnique with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. For instance, if you have certain medical conditions (such as liver disease, glaucoma, or difficulty passing urine), you may not be able to safely use this drug. Warnings and precautions also include watching out for possible drug interactions and avoiding Gelnique if you are allergic to any components of the drug.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Gelnique?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Gelnique™ (oxybutynin gel) if you have:
- Difficulty passing urine
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH)
- Liver disease, including liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Digestive problems (especially problems that cause a slowing of food through the digestive tract)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Gelnique Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Gelnique include the following:
- In rare cases, this medication can cause life-threatening swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. This can occur quickly, even after the first dose. Seek immediate medical attention if such swelling occurs.
- Gelnique could transfer from one person to another if vigorous skin-to-skin contact occurs (such as during sexual intercourse). In order to prevent this, cover the application with clothing once the gel has dried.
- Gelnique is flammable. Avoid smoking or open flame until the gel has dried.
- Gelnique can slow down the digestive system. This can cause problems, especially for people who already have a slow digestive system due to other medical problems.
- This medication can make glaucoma worse. If you have glaucoma and take Gelnique, your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely.
- The kidneys and liver help to remove Gelnique from your body. If you have kidney or liver disease, you may require extra monitoring by your healthcare provider and may need to take a lower Gelnique dosage.
- Gelnique can cause blurred vision, dizziness, and drowsiness. Make sure to see how Gelnique affects you before driving or operating heavy machinery.
- Gelnique can decrease your ability to sweat, which may increase your risk of heat stroke. Make sure to stay well hydrated in the heat.
- Gelnique may potentially interact with a number of other medications (see Gelnique Drug Interactions).
- Gelnique is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Gelnique and Pregnancy).
- It is not known whether Gelnique passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Gelnique and Breastfeeding).