Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

It is very important that you use this medicine only as directed. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

This medicine comes with a patient information insert. Read and follow the instructions in the insert carefully. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions.

This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, mouth, breasts, or genital area. Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.

To use the gel:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Before applying this medicine, wash the application site (eg, stomach, upper arms, shoulders, or thighs) with mild soap and water. Rinse well and pat dry.
  • Tear and squeeze the entire contents of the packet into the palm of your hand or directly on the application site. Gently rub it until the gel dries.
  • Do not apply this medicine on the same application site you applied the last one.
  • Do not bathe, swim, shower, or exercise for 1 hour after applying oxybutynin.
  • Cover the application site with a dry cloth after the medicine has dried to avoid direct contact or transfer of oxybutynin to another person.

To use the skin patch:

  • Use this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. It will work only if applied correctly.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying a patch. Do not touch your eyes until after you have washed your hands.
  • Apply the patch right away after removing it from the protective pouch. Do not cut it into smaller pieces and do not touch the sticky surface of the patch.
  • Apply the patch to a clean, dry, and intact skin area on your stomach, hips, or buttocks. Choose an area with little or no hair and free of scars, cuts, or irritation. Avoid putting the patch on areas where it could be rubbed off by tight clothing.
  • Press the patch firmly in place with your fingertips to make sure that the edges of the patch stick well.
  • When putting on each new patch, choose a different place within these areas. Do not put the new patch on the same place you wore the last one. Be sure to remove the old patch before applying a new one.

The gel form contains alcohol which is flammable. Do not use this medicine near heat, an open flame, or while smoking.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For bladder problems:
    • For transdermal dosage form (gel):
      • Adults—
        • Anturol™: 84 milligrams (mg) or 3 pumps of gel applied on dry, intact skin once a day.
        • Gelnique®: Apply the gel on dry, intact skin once a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For transdermal dosage form (skin patch):
      • Adults—Apply one patch two times per week, which is one patch every 3 to 4 days.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you forget to wear or change a patch, put one on as soon as you can. If it is almost time to put on your next patch, wait until then to apply a new patch and skip the one you missed. Do not apply extra patches to make up for a missed dose.

If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

After removing a used patch, fold the patch in half with the sticky sides together. Make sure to dispose of it out of the reach of children and pets.