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Oxytrol and Pregnancy

In clinical studies on Oxytrol and pregnancy, the medicine did not increase the risk of birth defects, miscarriages, or any other problems when it was given to pregnant animals. Healthcare providers should only prescribe Oxytrol to a pregnant woman if the benefits outweigh the possible risks to the unborn child. If you are using Oxytrol and pregnancy occurs, let your healthcare provider know.

Starting in September 2013, Oxytrol patches will be available without a prescription and will be sold under the name "Oxytrol for Women" to treat women over age 18 with overactive bladder. The prescription version will still be available. It is unclear how this will affect the price and insurance coverage for Oxytrol.
 

Is Oxytrol Safe During Pregnancy?

Oxytrol® (oxybutynin patch) is a prescription overactive bladder medicine. It is probably safe for use in pregnant women (although the full risks are not currently known). In animal studies, Oxytrol did not cause any problems when used during pregnancy.
 

Oxytrol and Pregnancy Category B

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies.
 
In studies, giving oxybutynin (the active ingredient of Oxytrol) to pregnant animals did not increase the risk of birth defects, miscarriages, or any other problems. However, it is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines the same way that humans do. Therefore, a pregnancy Category B medicine should be given to a pregnant woman only if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the pregnant woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child.
 
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Oxytrol Patch for Overactive Bladder

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