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Oxybutynin hydrochloride 5mg Tablets
Each tablet contains 5 mg of oxybutynin hydrochloride.
Excipients with known effect: Each tablet contains 118.9mg of lactose (as lactose monohydrate).
For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1
Light blue, circular flat bevelled edged tablet with an approximate diameter of 7.5 mm, marked OXB 5 on one side and a break line on reverse.
The score line is only to facilitate breaking for ease of swallowing and not to divide into equal doses.
Oxybutynin hydrochloride has antispasmodic/anticholinergic actions.
Its uses are:
Adults: Urinary incontinence, frequency and urgency in patients with an unstable bladder (urge syndrome), whether due to neurogenic bladder disorders causing detrusor hyperreflexia in conditions such as multiple sclerosis and spina bifida, or to idiopathic detrusor instability (motor urge incontinence).
Oxybutynin hydrochloride is indicated in children over 5 years of age for:
- Urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency in unstable bladder conditions due to idiopathic overactive bladder or neurogenic bladder disorders (detrusor overactivity).
- Nocturnal enuresis associated with detrusor over activity, in conjunction with non-drug therapy, when other treatment has failed.
The usual dose is 5 mg two or three times a day. This may be increased up to a maximum of 5 mg four times daily if required to obtain a clinical response, providing that the side effects are tolerated. It is usually wise to institute treatment slowly to minimise the anticholinergic side effects especially that of a dry mouth.
Older people (including frail elderly)
The elimination half-life is increased in the elderly (over 80 years). A dose of 2.5 mg twice daily, particularly if the patient is frail, is likely to be adequate. This dose may be titrated upwards to 5 mg two times a day to obtain a clinical response provided the side effects are well tolerated. In the elderly peak plasma concentrations have also been shown to be greater than in healthy young volunteers.
Children 5 years of age and over
Neurogenic bladder instability: the usual dose is 2.5 mg twice a day. This dose can be increased up to 5 mg two or three times daily to obtain a clinical response provided the side effects are tolerated. In cases of nocturnal enuresis alone, the usual dose is 2.5 mg twice a day. This dose may be titrated upwards to 5 mg two or three times daily to obtain a clinical response provided the side effects are tolerated. The last dose should be given before bedtime.
Children under 5 years of age
The safety and efficacy of oxybutynin hydrochloride tablets have been demonstrated for children 5 years of age and older. There is insufficient clinical data for children under the age of 5 years so that it is not recommended for this age group.
Following initial control, a reduced maintenance dose may be introduced.
Method of administration
Oxybutynin hydrochloride tablets are for oral administration. The tablet should be swallowed with plenty of water or other fluid, to ensure passage through the oesophagus.
Oxybutynin hydrochloride tablets are contra-indicated in patients with:
o Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.
o Myasthenia Gravis;
o Narrow angle glaucoma or shallow anterior chamber;
o Gastrointestinal obstructive disorders including paralytic ileus, intestinal atony.
o Patients with toxic megacolon;
o Patients with severe ulcerative colitis;
o Patients with bladder outflow obstruction where urinary retention may be precipitated.
When Oxybutynin is used in high environmental temperature, this can cause heat prostration due to decreased sweating.
Oxybutynin should be used with caution in the frail, elderly, patients with Parkinson's disease and children who are at greater risk of occurrence of adverse reactions to the product and in patients with autonomic neuropathy (such as those with Parkinson's disease), severe gastro-intestinal motility disorders, hepatic or renal impairment.
Anticholinergics should be used with caution in elderly patients due to the risk of cognitive impairment.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Anticholinergic medicinal products may decrease gastrointestinal motility and should be used with caution in patients with gastrointestinal obstructive disorders, intestinal atony and ulcerative colitis.
Oxybutynin may aggravate tachycardia (and thus be cautious in case of hyperthyroidism, congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, coronary heart disease, hypertension), cognitive disorders and symptoms of prostatic hypertrophy.
Anticholinergic CNS effects (e.g. hallucinations, agitation, confusion, somnolence) have been reported; monitoring recommended especially in first few months after initiating therapy or increasing the dose; consider discontinuing therapy or reducing the dose if anticholinergic CNS effects develop.
Since oxybutynin can cause narrow-angle glaucoma, patients should be advised to contact a physician immediately if they are aware of a sudden loss of visual acuity or ocular pain.
Oxybutynin may reduce salivary secretions which could result in dental caries, parodontosis or oral candidiasis.
Anticholinergic medicinal products should be used with caution in patients who have hiatus hernia/gastro-oesophageal reflux and/or who are concurrently taking medicinal products (such as bisphosphonates) that can cause or exacerbate oesophagitis.
Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, total lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine.
The use of Oxybutynin in children under 5 years of age is not recommended; it has not been established whether Oxybutynin can be safely used in this age group.
There is limited evidence supporting the use of Oxybutynin in children with monosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis (not related to detrusor overactivity).
In children over 5 years of age, Oxybutynin hydrochloride should be used with caution as they may be more sensitive to the effects of the product, particularly the CNS and psychiatric adverse reactions.
Care should be taken if other anticholinergic agents are administered together with oxybutynin hydrochloride, as potentiation of anticholinergic effects could occur.
The anticholinergic activity of oxybutynin is increased by concurrent use of other anticholinergics or medicinal products with anticholinergic activity, such as amantadine and other anticholinergic antiparkinsonian medicinal products (e.g. biperiden, levodopa), antihistamines, antipsychotics (e.g. phenothiazines, butyrophenones, clozapine), quinidine, digitalis, tricyclic antidepressants, atropine and related compounds like atropinic antispasmodics and dipyridamole.
By reducing gastric motility, oxybutynin may affect the absorption of other drugs. Oxybutynin is metabolised by cytochrome P 450 isoenzyme CYP 3A4. Concomitant administration with a CYP3A4 inhibitor can inhibit oxybutynin metabolism and increase oxybutynin exposure.
Oxybutynin, as an anticholinergic agent, may antagonize the effect of prokinetic therapies.
Concomitant use with cholinesterase inhibitors may result in reduced cholinesterase inhibitor efficacy.
Patients should be informed that alcohol may enhance the drowsiness caused by anticholinergic agents such as oxybutynin (see section 4.7).
There are no adequate data from the use of oxybutynin in pregnant women. Animal studies are insufficient with respect to effects on pregnancy, embryonal/foetal development, parturition or postnatal development (see section 5.3). The potential risk for humans is unknown. Oxybutynin should not be used during pregnancy unless clearly necessary.
When oxybutynin is used during lactation, a small amount is excreted in breast milk. Use of oxybutynin during breast-feeding is therefore not recommended.
Oxybutynin may cause drowsiness or blurred vision. Patients should be cautioned regarding activities requiring mental alertness such as driving, operating machinery or performing hazardous work whilst taking this drug.
Classification of expected frequencies:
Very common (≥1/10); common (≥1/100 to <1/10); uncommon (≥1/1,000 to <1/100); rare (≥1/10,000 to <1/1,000); very rare (<1/10,000), not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).
Infections and infestations
Not known: urinary tract infection
Very common: constipation, dry mouth, nausea
Common: diarrhoea, vomiting
Uncommon: abdominal discomfort, anorexia, decreased appetite, dysphagia
Not known: gastroesophageal reflux, pseudo-obstruction in patients at risk (elderly or patients with constipation and treated with other drugs that decrease intestinal motility)
Common: confusional state
Not known: agitation, anxiety, hallucinations, nightmares, paranoia, cognitive disorders in elderly, symptoms of depression, dependence to oxybutynin (in patients with history of drug or substance abuse)
Nervous system disorders
Very common: headache, dizziness, somnolence
Not known: cognitive disorders, drowsiness, convulsions, disorientation
Not known: tachycardia, arrhythmia
Injury, poisoning and procedural complications
Not known: heat stroke
Very common: vision blurred
Common: dry eyes
Not known: mydriasis, ocular hypertension, angle closure glaucoma
Renal and urinary disorders
Common: Urinary retention
Not known: urinary hesitance, difficulty in micturition
Common: flushing which may be more marked in children
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders
Very common: dry skin
Not known: rash, urticaria, angioedema, hypohidrosis, photosensitivity
Immune system disorders
Not known: hypersensitivity
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Cardin the Google Play or Apple App Store.
The symptoms of overdose with oxybutynin progress from an intensification of the usual side-effects of CNS disturbances (from restlessness and excitement to psychotic behaviour), circulatory changes (flushing, fall in blood pressure, circulatory failure etc.), respiratory failure, paralysis and coma.
Measures to be taken are:
1. Immediate gastric lavage and
2. Physostigmine by slow intravenous injection
Adults: 0.5 to 2.0 mg of physostigmine by slow intravenous administration. Repeat after 5 minutes, if necessary up to a maximum total dose of 5mg.
Children: 30 micrograms/kg of physostigmine by slow intravenous administration. Repeat after 5 minutes, if necessary up to a maximum total dose of 2 mg.
Fever should be treated symptomatically with tepid sponging or ice packs.
In pronounced restlessness or excitation, diazepam 10 mg may be given by intravenous injection.
Tachycardia may be treated by intravenous injection of propranolol and urinary retention can be managed by catheterisation.
In the event of progression of the curare- like effect to the paralysis of the respiratory muscles, mechanical ventilation will be required.
Pharmacotherapeutic Group: Urinary Antispasmodics
Oxybutynin has both direct antispasmodic action on the smooth muscle of the bladder detrusor muscle as well as anticholinergic action in blocking the muscarinic effects of acetylcholine on smooth muscle.
These properties cause relaxation of the detrusor muscle of the bladder and in patients with an unstable bladder. Oxybutynin increases bladder capacity and reduces the incidence of spontaneous contraction of the detrusor muscle.
Oxybutynin is poorly absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract. It is highly bound to plasma proteins, the peak plasma level is reached between 0.5 to 1 hour after administration. The half-life is biexponential, the first phase being about 40 minutes and the second about 2-3 hours. The elimination half-life may be increased in the elderly, particularly if they are frail.
Oxybutynin and its metabolites are excreted in the faeces and urine. There is no evidence of accumulation.
No data of therapeutic relevance.
Crospovidone, microcrystalline cellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, indigo carmine aluminium lake (E132).
Store below 25°C in a dry place.
Oxybutynin hydrochloride tablets are available in Aluminium / uPVC / PVdC strips in boxes of 20, 28, 30, 56, 60, 84 and 120 tablets.
Not all packs sizes may be marketed.
No special requirements for disposal. Any unused medicinal product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.
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