Oxytrol is currently the only bladder control medication that is available in the form of a patch. The patch is prescribed to treat symptoms such as frequent urination, leaking accidents, and urinary urgency. Usually, the patch is changed twice a week (every three to four days). Possible side effects of Oxytrol include itching at the application site, dry mouth, and constipation.
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.
Oxytrol® (oxybutynin patch) is a prescription medication used to treat an overactive bladder. It is currently the only bladder control medication available in patch form. Oxytrol is approved to help treat the following bladder problems due to an overactive bladder:
- Sudden, frequent urges to urinate (known as urinary urgency)
- Frequent urination (known as urinary frequency)
- Leaking accidents (known as urinary incontinence or urge incontinence).
(Click Oxytrol Uses for more information on what it is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
The medication is made by Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Oxytrol belongs to a group of drugs known as antimuscarinic or anticholinergic medications. The drug works for bladder problems by blocking specific receptors (called muscarinic receptors) in the bladder, helping to relax the muscles of the bladder. Since an overactive bladder is often due to bladder muscle contractions that are too frequent and uncontrollable, Oxytrol can help relieve many symptoms of bladder problems.