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Oxybutynin Alternatives

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author image Leigh A. Zaykoski
Leigh Zaykoski has been a writer and editor for six years. Her medical writing has appeared on dozens of websites. Zaykoski attended the University of Pittsburgh and Keystone College, studying microbiology and business administration. She is currently pursuing a medical writing certification.
Oxybutynin Alternatives
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Overview

Oxybutynin is a drug used to treat overactive bladder. It is sold under the brand name Ditropan and can be used to treat overactive bladder symptoms, such as urinary urgency and urinary incontinence. While this drug is well-tolerated by some people, others may not be able to take oxybutynin because of contraindications or bothersome side effects. There are several oxybutynin alternatives available for the treatment of overactive bladder.

Tolterodine Tartrate

Tolterodine tartrate is sold under the brand name Detrol and is used to treat overactive bladder that causes urinary urgency, increased urinary frequency and urinary incontinence. People who have gastric retention, urinary retention or narrow-angle glaucoma that has not been controlled should not take tolterodine tartrate. Possible side effects include dry mouth, fatigue, headache, flu-like symptoms, dizziness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dry skin, constipation, drowsiness and weight gain.

Trospium Chloride

Trospium chloride is sold under the brands names Sanctura, Regurin and Sanctura XR, and is used to treat bladder spams, overactive bladder and urinary urgency and frequency. It should not be taken by people who have blockages of the digestive system, inability to urinate or untreated narrow-angle glaucoma. Possible side effects of trospium chloride include dry mouth, constipation, dry eyes, blurred vision, dry throat, stomach pain, drowsiness, bloating, mild skin rash and gas.

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Darifenacin

Darifenacin is sold under the brand name Enablex and is used to treat overactive bladder. This drug works to reduce bladder spasms and spams of the urinary tract. Darifenacin should not be used if a person has an inability to urinate, stomach disorders that cause delayed gastric emptying or untreated narrow-angle glaucoma. Possible side effects of this medication include fever, flu symptoms, sore throat, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, dry eyes, constipation, dry mouth and blurred vision. More serious side effects should be reported to a medical professional. They include severe stomach pain, pain or burning during urination, decreased urinary output, extreme thirst, severe constipation, inability to urinate and hot, dry skin.

Solifenacin Succinate

Solifenacin succinate is sold under the brand name Vesicare and is used to treat the symptoms of overactive bladder. This drug should not be used by anyone with uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma, gastric retention, urinary retention or sensitivity to any of its ingredients. Possible side effects of solifenacin succinate include constipation, nausea, dry mouth, blurred vision, urinary tract infection and upset stomach.

Fesoterodine Fumarate

Fesoterodine fumarate is sold under the brand name of Toviaz and is used to treat bladder muscle spams and overactive bladder. It should not be taken by anyone who has difficulty urinating, blockages of the stomach or intestines or glaucoma that has not been treated or controlled. This drug should be used with caution in people who have severe constipation, kidney disease, liver disease, myasthenia gravis and problems with urination. The most serious side effects of fesoterodine fumarate should be reported to a physician, if they occur. These side effects include swelling of the hands and feet, chest pain, fast heart rate, painful urination and an inability to urinate. Less serious side effects of this drug include blurred vision, dry mouth, dizziness, dry eyes, drowsiness, stomach pain, constipation, upset stomach, back pain, cough, insomnia and dry throat.

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