Ditropan XL (Oxybutynin)

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Oxybutynin XL 5mg

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Ditropan XL (Oxybutynin) Medication Information


Ditropan XL is a muscarinic antagonist used to treat overactive bladder. 


The tablets are available in several different strengths:

  • 5 mg
  • 10 mg
  • 15 mg

Side Effects

The most common side effects of Ditropan XL include:

  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Somnolence
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea 

Speak with your doctor for a full list of side effects that apply to you if you are taking Ditropan XL.


There have been reports of patients experiencing CNS effects with Ditropan XL use. 

Ditropan XL can aggravate several muscle conditions, use with caution in these patients. 

Because of the risk of constipation, use Ditropan XL with caution in patients who have gastrointestinal obstructions. 


A common drug interaction with Ditropan XL includes:

  • Anticholinergic
  • Ketoconazole 
  • Clarithromycin 
  • Metoclopramide

Speak with your doctor for more information and before starting a new medication with Ditropan XL. 


Store at room temperature (59-86 ºF). Protect from moisture and humidity. 

Pharmacist Tips

  • Ditropan XL can cause urinary retention and constipation which are related to its anticholinergic activity.
  • Alcohol can increase drowsiness that is a side effect of Ditropan XL.
  • You should attempt to take Ditropan XL at the same time every day. 

Oxybutynin FAQs

How long does it take Ditropan XL to work?

It can take a few weeks to see benefit with Ditropan XL.


What is the best time to take Ditropan XL?

Ditropan XL is taken once a day, and it can be taken at any time, it just needs to be taken at the same time every day. 


What does Ditropan XL do to the bladder?

Ditropan XL is an antimuscarinic that helps to prevent muscle spasms in the bladder to reduce the urge to urinate. 


What are the side effects of Ditropan XL?

The most common side effects of Ditropan XL are constipation, urinary retention, headache, somnolence, and dry mouth. 


Is Ditropan XL a muscle relaxer?

No, Ditropan XL is not a muscle relaxer, but it works to reduce the spasms that occur in the bladder. 

Related Drugs


Ditropan XL {package insert}. Titusville, NJ: Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; 1998.


PharmD Medical Writer

Author: Dr. Larisa Roybal, PharmD

Dr. Roybal is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist who has practiced in both ambulatory and acute care settings. Her pharmacy interests include oncology and general inpatient pharmacy.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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