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6.2 Postmarketing Experience

The following additional adverse reactions have been reported from worldwide postmarketing experience with oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets. Because postmarketing reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Infections and Infestations: Urinary tract infection; Psychiatric Disorders: psychotic disorder, agitation, confusional state, hallucinations, memory impairment, abnormal behavior; Nervous System Disorders: convulsions; Eye Disorders: glaucoma; Respiratory, Thoracic and Mediastinal Disorders: nasal congestion; Cardiac Disorders: arrhythmia, tachycardia, QT interval prolongation; Vascular Disorders: flushing, hypertension; Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders: rash; Renal and Urinary Disorders: impotence; General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions: hypersensitivity reactions, including angioedema with airway obstruction, urticaria, and face edema; anaphylactic reactions requiring hospitalization for emergency treatment; Injury, poisoning and procedural complications: fall.

Additional adverse events reported with some other oxybutynin chloride formulations include: cycloplegia, mydriasis, and suppression of lactation. In one reported case, concomitant use of oxybutynin with carbamazepine and dantrolene was associated with adverse events of vomiting, drowsiness, confusion, unsteadiness, slurred speech and nystagmus, suggestive of carbamazepine toxicity.


The concomitant use of oxybutynin with other anticholinergic drugs or with other agents which produce dry mouth, constipation, somnolence (drowsiness), and/or other anticholinergic-like effects may increase the frequency and/or severity of such effects.

Anticholinergic agents may potentially alter the absorption of some concomitantly administered drugs due to anticholinergic effects on gastrointestinal motility. This may be of concern for drugs with a narrow therapeutic index. Anticholinergic agents may also antagonize the effects of prokinetic agents, such as metoclopramide.

Mean oxybutynin plasma concentrations were approximately 2 fold higher when oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets were administered with ketoconazole, a potent CYP3A4 inhibitor. Other inhibitors of the cytochrome P450 3A4 enzyme system, such as antimycotic agents (e.g., itraconazole and miconazole) or macrolide antibiotics (e.g., erythromycin and clarithromycin), may alter oxybutynin mean pharmacokinetic parameters (i.e., Cmax and AUC). The clinical relevance of such potential interactions is not known. Caution should be used when such drugs are co-administered.


8.1 Pregnancy

Risk Summary

There are no adequate data on oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets use in pregnant women to evaluate for a drug-associated risk of major birth defects, miscarriage or adverse maternal or fetal outcomes.

In the U.S. general population, the estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies is 2 to 4% and 15 to 20%, respectively. The background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated population is unknown.

8.2 Lactation

Risk Summary

There are no data on the presence of oxybutynin in human milk, the effects on the breastfed infant, or the effects of oxybutynin chloride on milk production. The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed child from oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets or from the underlying maternal condition.

8.4 Pediatric Use

The safety and efficacy of oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets were studied in 60 children in a 24 week, open-label, non-randomized trial. Patients were aged 6 to 15 years, all had symptoms of detrusor overactivity in association with a neurological condition (e.g., spina bifida), all used clean intermittent catheterization, and all were current users of oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets. Study results demonstrated that administration of oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets 5 to 20 mg/day was associated with an increase from baseline in mean urine volume per catheterization from 108 mL to 136 mL, an increase from baseline in mean urine volume after morning awakening from 148 mL to 189 mL, and an increase from baseline in the mean percentage of catheterizations without a leaking episode from 34% to 51%.

Urodynamic results were consistent with clinical results. Administration of oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets resulted in an increase from baseline in mean maximum cystometric capacity from 185 mL to 254 mL, a decrease from baseline in mean detrusor pressure at maximum cystometric capacity from 44 cm H2 O to 33 cm H2 O, and a reduction in the percentage of patients demonstrating uninhibited detrusor contractions (of at least 15 cm H2 O) from 60% to 28%.

The pharmacokinetics of oxybutynin chloride in these patients were consistent with those reported for adults [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

Oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets are not recommended in pediatric patients who cannot swallow the tablet whole without chewing, dividing, or crushing, or in children under the age of 6.

8.5 Geriatric Use

The rate and severity of anticholinergic effects reported by patients less than 65 years old and those 65 years and older were similar. The pharmacokinetics of oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets were similar in all patients studied (up to 78 years of age).

8.6 Renal Impairment

There were no studies conducted with oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets in patients with renal impairment.

8.7 Hepatic Impairment

There were no studies conducted with oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets in patients with hepatic impairment.


The continuous release of oxybutynin from oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets should be considered in the treatment of overdosage. Patients should be monitored for at least 24 hours. Treatment should be symptomatic and supportive. A cathartic may be administered.

Overdosage with oxybutynin chloride has been associated with anticholinergic effects including central nervous system excitation, flushing, fever, dehydration, cardiac arrhythmia, vomiting, and urinary retention.

Ingestion of 100 mg oxybutynin chloride in association with alcohol has been reported in a 13 year old boy who experienced memory loss, and a 34 year old woman who developed stupor, followed by disorientation and agitation on awakening, dilated pupils, dry skin, cardiac arrhythmia, and retention of urine. Both patients fully recovered with symptomatic treatment.


Oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets are an antispasmodic, muscarinic antagonist. Each oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablets contains 5 mg, 10 mg, or 15 mg of oxybutynin chloride USP, formulated as a once-a-day controlled-release tablet for oral administration. Oxybutynin chloride is administered as a racemate of R-and S-enantiomers.

Chemically, oxybutynin chloride is d,l (racemic) 4-diethylamino-2-butynyl phenylcyclohexylglycolate hydrochloride. The empirical formula of oxybutynin chloride is C22 H31 NO3 •HCl.

Its structural formula is:

Oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablet
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Oxybutynin chloride, USP is a white crystalline, practically odorless powder with a molecular weight of 393.95. It is freely soluble in water and in alcohol, very soluble in methanol and in chloroform, soluble in acetone, slightly soluble in ether and very slightly soluble in hexane.

Oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablet, USP also contains the following inactive ingredients: alginic acid, hydrogenated castor oil, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, methacrylic acid copolymer dispersion, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, talc and triethyl citrate.

The product complies the USP Dissolution Test 8

System Components and Performance

Oxybutynin chloride extended-release tablet uses an enteric coated hydrophilic hydrogel matrix to deliver oxybutynin chloride at controlled rate over approximately 24 hours by diffusion mechanism. The system comprises of a core, which contains the drug, rate controlling hydrogel and other excipients. The core is surrounded by a partially or complete pH dependent membrane. Hence, when the drug reaches the acidic medium, in stomach minimal drug release will occur and when it reaches an environment of pH 5.5 and above, the outer membrane will be dissolved exposing the inner core. This inner core will partially hydrate to form a gel layer and the drug release will occur via diffusion mechanism from a gel layer and subsequently through gel erosion.

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