Oxybutynin and Alcohol
Oxybutynin is the generic name for drugs sold under brand names Ditropan, Ditropan XL and Urotrol and belongs to a family of drugs that reduces muscle spasms of the bladder and urinary tract. The drug is used to treat symptoms of overactive bladder such as frequent urination, incontinence and increased night urination. It may also be used for other medical purposes.
Do not use Oxybutynin if you are allergic to any other drugs or if you have untreated or uncontrolled narrow angle glaucoma, a blockage in your stomach or intestines or if unable to urinate.
It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol while using this drug as it may greatly increase the side effects.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your physician if you have glaucoma, liver disease, kidney disease, enlarged prostate, ulcerative colitis, blockage in your stomach or intestines, a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis, a stomach disorder such as gastroesophageal reflux disease or slow digestion.
Less serious side effects are dry mouth, dry eyes, blurred vision, mild constipation, diarrhea, nausea, mild stomach pain, upset stomach, dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, headache, sleep problems or runny nose. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are hot dry skin and extreme thirst, severe stomach pain, constipation, pain, burning when you urinate or changes in urination frequency. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or ant other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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