Oxybutynin is an anticholinergic medication used to relieve bladder difficulties including frequent micturition and urinary incontinence. It is available in tablet form or as a syrup and as a transdermal patch. It can also help reduce muscle spasms of the bladder.
Oxybutynin, Ditropan, Lyrinel XL, Oxytrol
Possible side-effects can include:
- Dry mouth
- Sensitivity to bright light
- Dry Eyes
- Blurred Vision
- Decreased sweating
- Hot Flushes
Refer to the links below for a more comprehensive list.
Apparently the most common side-effect is the dry mouth, although my experience with the drug was serious fluid retention. It appeared to work by inhibiting the production of urine by the kidneys causing me to blow up like a balloon.
I had been on holiday at the time, in Santa Ponsa, Mallorca We were staying at our favourite apartment complex Los Apartamentos Portofino and we were sunning ourselves by the pool. I became aware that a number of our fellow holiday-makers were a little bit portly. Let’s not beat about the bush; they were fat.
But, the really dreadful realisation was, I was one of them. I had become noticeably fatter than I had been just a few days before. This tied in with my commencing the oxybutynin. Having come to this conclusion, I promptly stopped taking this medication and withing a few days my size had returned to normal.
I realise that was being very judgemental of me. And I know that many people who are overweight do not just eat too much. There may well be a deeper underlying reason.
This is not how Oxybutynin is supposed to work but Multiple Sclerosis can work in weird ways. As something of a footnote, I attended a doctor appointment today, many years after this article was originally written, I had been kept waiting for a long time, I had been issued a prescription and I decided to stop by the pharmacist to fill the prescription and had to wait again. The culmination of all this waiting was to prove a test too far for my urinary urgency! Suffice to say, the precaution of wearing incontinence pants was not in vain.
Oxybutynin on Wikipedia