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Frequently Asked Questions

Before starting any new therapy, it’s common to have questions. Here are some answers to the ones most frequently asked about using Oxytrol® For Women to treat overactive bladder (OAB) in women.

WHAT IS OAB?

  What is overactive bladder (OAB)?

Overactive bladder is one of the most common chronic ailments affecting women. Women suffering from OAB experience 2 or more of the following symptoms for at least 3 months:

  • Urinary frequency — the need to urinate more often than usual, typically more than 8 times in 24 hours
  • Urinary urgency — a strong need to urinate right away
  • Urge incontinence — more commonly known as “accidents,” leaking or wetting yourself if you cannot control the urge to urinate

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to know you’re not alone. There are 20 million women suffering from OAB, many of them silently. In fact, 80% of them are only coping with their symptoms and not actually treating their condition.

The good news is that OAB is a treatable medical condition. Oxytrol® For Women is the first-ever over-the-counter treatment for OAB.

  Who is usually affected by OAB?

Overactive bladder can affect women of any age, although it typically affects women between the ages of 45 and 64. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to know you’re not alone. There are 20 million women suffering from OAB, many of them silently. Oxytrol® For Women can help.

  How does OAB impact a woman’s daily life?

Unfortunately, the impact of overactive bladder can be far-reaching and significant. It can interfere with a woman’s daily routines, career, travel, relationships and social life. For example:

  • 37% of women report that OAB affects their relationship with their partner.
  • 55% of women with OAB are worried about having a urinary accident in public or in the car (48%).
  • 27% of women with OAB feel that their jobs have been impacted by their condition.

If you are experiencing some of these situations, it’s important to know you’re not alone. There are 20 million women suffering from OAB, many of them silently. In fact, 80% of them are only coping with their symptoms and not actually treating their condition.

Oxytrol® For Women can help.

  What are treatment options for OAB?

Aside from Oxytrol® For Women, other treatment options include prescription medications, behavioral modifications, and certain medical procedures for extreme cases.

  What are some lifestyle modifications I can make to help relieve OAB symptoms, in addition to using Oxytrol® For Women?

Fortunately there are some changes you can make in your daily routine and behavior to help manage overactive bladder. These include:

  • Following a daily bathroom schedule. Instead of going whenever you feel the slightest urge, try to go at set times during the day. This may gradually help you extend the time between bathroom visits.
  • Strengthening your bladder muscles. Bladder muscle exercises can help you build more control. To locate the right muscles, imagine trying to stop the flow of urine. Quickly squeeze and release these muscles 3 to 4 times in a row. Repeat this exercise several times a day.
  • Managing your fluid intake. Do not limit your water intake. It’s important to know which beverages can make your OAB worse. A bladder diary can help you better understand and manage your OAB.

For more information, visit oxytrolforwomen.com or see the package insert.

  Can OAB be cured?

Unfortunately, there is currently not a cure for overactive bladder. However, treatment and lifestyle modifications can help you manage the symptoms so OAB doesn’t hold you back from doing the activities you enjoy.

If you are experiencing OAB symptoms, it’s important to know you’re not alone. There are 20 million women suffering from OAB, many of them silently. In fact, 80% of women only cope with their symptoms and don’t actually treat the condition. Calling us is the first step to gaining control over and finding relief for your OAB symptoms.

  What are some other conditions that could cause frequent urination?

Overactive bladder isn’t the only condition that can cause women to make more trips to the bathroom. For example, urinary tract infections, diabetes, early pregnancy or other more serious conditions can lead to frequent urination. If you think you might have one of these conditions you should see your doctor before using Oxytrol® For Women.

WHAT IS OXYTROL® FOR WOMEN?

  What is Oxytrol® For Women?

Oxytrol® For Women (oxybutynin transdermal system, 3.9 mg/day) is the first-ever, over-the-counter treatment available to treat overactive bladder (OAB) in women. It’s a patch, applied directly to the skin and worn for 4 days at a time. As you may know, patches are already used for other OTC products, such as nicotine patches.

Studies show that consistent use of Oxytrol® For Women combined with daily lifestyle modifications can relieve the symptoms of OAB within 2 weeks and help women confidently manage their OAB.

  How does Oxytrol® For Women work?

To learn how Oxytrol® For Women works, it helps to understand how a bladder becomes overactive. With overactive bladder (OAB), abnormal messages (nerve signals) are sent to the bladder muscles, causing them to contract before the bladder reaches full capacity. When the signals are sudden and intense, you experience an urgent need to urinate. Unfortunately, this urgency may also lead to accidents.

Each Oxytrol® For Women patch delivers 3.9 mg of the active ingredient oxybutynin continuously through the skin for 4 days and nights. This medication works by calming the bladder muscles, which helps control the symptoms of overactive bladder in women.

  What are the ingredients in Oxytrol® For Women?

ACTIVE

Oxybutynin 3.9 mg/day

INACTIVE

Acrylic adhesive, polyester/ethylene-vinyl acetate film, siliconized polyester film, and triacetin.

  Are there known side effects caused by Oxytrol® For Women?

Yes. They may include:

  • Sleepiness, dizziness and blurry vision may occur. Drinking alcohol may increase sleepiness. We recommend that you not drive or operate machinery until you know how the patch affects you.
  • Itching, rash or redness may occur where the patch was placed.

If you experience itching, a rash or redness where the patch was placed, these are usually temporary and usually last only a few days. Fortunately you can reduce the likelihood of these occurrences by remembering to apply the patch to a different site on your abdomen, buttocks or hips every time you use a new one.

If you experience severe redness, itchiness or blistering where the patch was placed, stop use and talk with your doctor.

  What is the Oxytrol® For Women patch made of?

Oxytrol® For Women patches are latex-free, self-adhesive, and made of three layers. The first layer is the backing film. The second layer contains oxybutynin, skin permeability enhancer and adhesive. And the third is the release liner.

  How long does it take Oxytrol® For Women to relieve OAB symptoms?

It can take up to 2 weeks for Oxytrol® For Women to relieve symptoms of overactive bladder when combined with daily lifestyle modifications. Some lifestyle modifications you can make to further manage OAB include:

  • Following a daily bathroom schedule. Instead of going whenever you feel the slightest urge, try to go at set times during the day. This may gradually help you extend the time between bathroom visits.
  • Strengthening your bladder muscles. Bladder muscle exercises can help you build more control. To locate the right muscles, imagine trying to stop the flow of urine. Quickly squeeze and release these muscles 3 to 4 times in a row. Repeat this exercise several times a day.
  • Managing your fluid intake. Do not limit your water intake. It’s important to know which beverages can make your OAB worse. A bladder diary can help you better understand and manage your OAB.

As always, read and follow the label directions before and when using this product. For more information, visit oxytrolforwomen.com or see our package insert.

  Why does Oxytrol® For Women take up to 2 weeks to relieve OAB symptoms?

While you may be accustomed to your over-the-counter medications starting to work the same day you take them, Oxytrol® For Women is a bit different. Each Oxytrol® For Women patch delivers medicine continuously through the skin for 4 days and it takes up to 2 weeks (4 patches used consecutively) for you to experience symptom relief. But there are things you can do today (and then continue while you’re using the patch) to help manage OAB. These simple changes to your routine include:

  • Following a daily bathroom schedule. Instead of going whenever you feel the slightest urge, try to go at set times during the day. This may gradually help you extend the time between bathroom visits.
  • Strengthening your bladder muscles. Bladder muscle exercises can help you build more control. To locate the right muscles, imagine trying to stop the flow of urine. Quickly squeeze and release these muscles 3 to 4 times in a row. Repeat this exercise several times a day.
  • Managing your fluid intake. Do not limit your water intake. It’s important to know which beverages can make your OAB worse. A bladder diary can help you better understand and manage your OAB.

  Why is Oxytrol® For Women a patch?

Oxytrol® For Women patches are convenient and easy to use. One patch treats for 4 days and 4 nights.

  Where can my pharmacist find medical studies about the Oxytrol® For Women patch?

Your pharmacist can visit www.oxytrolforwomen.com/HCP for more details about medical studies and other information.

  How much does Oxytrol® For Women cost?

Fortunately, Oxytrol® For Women is affordable for most budgets. Using the patch costs about $1 per day. However, pricing may vary by retailer.

  What is the difference between a patch and a pill to treat OAB?

One big difference is that the Oxytrol® For Women patch is available for women only over the counter, while a pill to treat overactive bladder is only available through a doctor’s prescription. A pill has different directions, possible side effects and warnings. The way the medication is delivered to the body also is different. With the Oxytrol® For Women patch, the active ingredient does not pass through the liver and digestive tract in order to initially get into your bloodstream. The Oxytrol® For Women patch is the only over-the-counter treatment option available for OAB in women.

WHO SHOULD USE OXYTROL® FOR WOMEN?

  Who is Oxytrol® For Women intended for?

Oxytrol® For Women treats overactive bladder in women 18 years of age and older.

  Who should not use Oxytrol® For Women?

Do not use if you:

  • Have any of these symptoms, which could be the sign of a UTI or other serious condition. See your doctor as soon as possible if you have:
    • — Pain or burning when urinating. These symptoms may also be accompanied by a fever or chills
    • — Blood in your urine
    • — Unexplained lower back or side pain
    • — Urine that is cloudy, or foul-smelling
  • Are male. Your symptoms may be due to a more serious condition
  • Are under the age of 18. It is not known if it works or is safe in children
  • Only experience accidental urine loss when you cough, sneeze or laugh, you may have stress incontinence. This product will not work for that condition
  • Have been told by a doctor you have urinary retention (are not able to empty your bladder)
  • Have been told by a doctor you have gastric retention (your stomach empties slowly after a meal)
  • Have glaucoma
  • Are allergic to oxybutynin

Ask a doctor before use if you have

  • Symptoms of diabetes, such as:
    • — Excessive thirst
    • — Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Liver or kidney disease

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are:

  • Taking a prescription medication for overactive bladder
  • Taking any drugs that may cause sleepiness, dizziness, dry mouth, constipation or blurred vision
  • Taking certain antibiotics (for example, erythromycin, clarithromycin) or prescription antifungals (for example, ketoconazole, itraconazole)

  Can men use Oxytrol® For Women?

Sorry, guys. Oxytrol® For Women is for women only. Men who are experiencing overactive bladder symptoms should see their doctors to rule out other conditions or determine the best treatment option for them.

HOW DO I USE OXYTROL® FOR WOMEN?

  How often should I change my Oxytrol® For Women patch?

Every 4 days, remove your used patch and apply a new one on a different area of skin on your abdomen, hips or buttocks.

  Is it okay to replace the patch with a new patch before 4 days?

Yes, it’s okay to replace the patch and use a new one before the 4-day period is over. The patch is designed to deliver a fixed amount of medication every day. So, you’ll still receive the right amount of medication and relief of symptoms, if you use a new patch before 4 days. The important thing is to start a new four day cycle once the new patch has been applied.

  Can I use Oxytrol® For Women to treat stress incontinence? What is the difference between stress incontinence and urge incontinence?

No, Oxytrol® For Women is not indicated for stress incontinence. It is an approved treatment for relieving symptoms of overactive bladder in women, including urge incontinence. Below is a brief description of urge incontinence and stress incontinence and basic way in which they differ.

Urge incontinence is one of the three symptoms of overactive bladder, which also includes urinary urgency and urinary frequency, for at least three months. It’s caused by involuntary contractions of the bladder muscles, leading the bladder to empty before it is full and an increased, and sometimes sudden, urge to urinate.

Stress incontinence is characterized by urinary leakage whenever there is an increase in abdominal pressure (such as when you cough, sneeze, exercise, lift, etc.). It occurs due to weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and other muscles responsible for preventing urine leakage.

  Is there a limit to how long you can use the patch?

There is no limitation to the use of Oxytrol® For Women to treat OAB in women. As always, read and follow the label directions before and when using this product.

  Can I use 2 patches at the same time?

No, do not use 2 patches at the same time; follow label directions. One patch delivers 3.9mg/day of oxybutynin. Studies have been conducted that show using one patch is safe and effective when used as directed.

  What if I forget to change my Oxytrol® For Women patch?

One patch treats for 4 days. If you forget to change your patch at the scheduled time, remove the old patch as soon as you remember and apply a new patch in a different area of skin on your abdomen, hips or buttocks. Start a new four-day schedule with the new patch.

  Should I restrict my activities while wearing Oxytrol® For Women?

Oxytrol® For Women is designed to not interfere with your daily life, so you should be able to go about your normal activities, including exercise and swimming.

  What if my Oxytrol® For Women patch comes off?

If a patch falls off and you cannot press it back onto your skin, use a new patch. Apply the new patch to a different area of skin on your abdomen, hips or buttocks. Start a new four-day schedule again with the new patch.

  Does body weight impact the effectiveness of Oxytrol® For Women?

In general body weight should not have any impact on the effectiveness of Oxytrol® For Women.

  Can I use the patch along with a prescribed pill for OAB?

No, do not use the Oxytrol® For Women patch along with a prescribed pill for OAB. Please talk with your doctor who prescribed your pill for OAB for better understanding and guidance. As always, read and follow the label directions before and when using this product.

  How should Oxytrol® For Women be stored?

Oxytrol® For Women patches should be protected from moisture and humidity and stored within their protective packaging at room temperature (68-77° F/20-25° C).

Like all medications, Oxytrol® For Women should be securely stored out of the reach of children and pets.

  Is it okay to sunbathe or tan while using the patch?

The good news is that you can get outside and do the activities you love while wearing the patch. While you may sunbathe or tan when using the Oxytrol® For Women patch, the patch itself should not be exposed to sunlight. If you’re planning to be out in the sun, place the patch on an area of your abdomen, hips or buttocks where it will be covered.

  Can I apply a heating pad near the Oxytrol® For Women patch?

Yes, you can place a heating pad near the patch on your body. But make sure you don’t place the heating pad directly on the patch because it may reduce its effectiveness.

  Can I wear Oxytrol® For Women in water?

We understand that you may want to swim or bathe when you are wearing the Oxytrol® For Women patch. Doing so should not reduce the patch’s effectiveness. Just be sure that the patch is completely adhered to your skin before you get into the pool and when you get out. And always use the product as directed on the packaging. If the edges of the patch are loose or sticking up, it can fall off. Try your best not to rub the patch while it’s submerged in water. If the patch falls off and you cannot press it back onto your skin, use a new patch on a different area of your abdomen, buttocks or hip. The Oxytrol® For Women patch can be worn in both chlorinated and salt water.

  What happens if my patch gets wrinkled while I’m wearing it? Will it still work?

Don’t worry if the patch gets a little wrinkled. As long as it is properly applied and still fully adhered to your skin that shouldn’t impact the delivery of the medication. However, if you notice gaps between your skin and the patch, or major wrinkles in the patch, then you’ll need to peel it off and apply a new patch to a different place on your abdomen, hips or buttocks.

  Can I cut the Oxytrol® For Women patch in half?

No, please leave the patch intact and avoid cutting it for any reason. Each patch is designed to deliver 3.9 mg/per day of the medication oxybutynin into your bloodstream through your skin for 4 days. The medication builds up in your body to effectively relieve symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB). Cutting it into smaller pieces may reduce the amount of medicine delivered and reduce its effectiveness.

  Can I wear the Oxytrol® For Women patch in a hot tub?

It is okay to wear in water; however, the high temperature in a hot tub may temporarily alter the delivery of the active ingredient in the patch, so try to limit your time in the water. Just make sure the patch remains in contact with your skin. If it starts to peel off, you’ll need to apply a new one to a different place on your abdomen, hips or buttocks.

  How do I remove the patch?

To remove the patch, gently pull it off your skin and wash the area where it was applied to your skin with warm water and mild soap to remove any remaining adhesive. To completely remove stubborn adhesive, rub a small amount of baby oil on the spot until it is gone.

HOW DO I GET THE MOST RELIEF FROM OAB?

  How can I get the most out of my Oxytrol® For Women regimen?

To get the most relief from OAB:

1. Get Started with Oxytrol ® For Women

Oxytrol® For Women relieves the symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB) within 2 weeks when combined with daily lifestyle modification.

2. Use Consistently
Wear only one patch at a time for 4 days in a row. After 4 days, remove the used patch and apply a new one. Effectiveness depends on regular use. Don’t skip or use occasionally. If you stop taking Oxytrol® For Women, your symptoms may return. Oxytrol® For Women is not intended for immediate relief.

3. Practice a Few Lifestyle Modifications

  • Follow a daily bathroom schedule
    Instead of going whenever you feel the slightest urge, try to go at set times during the day. In time, this may help you to extend the times between bathroom visits.
  • Strengthen your bladder muscles
    Exercise bladder muscles to help build more control. To locate the right muscles, imagine trying to stop the flow of urine. Quickly squeeze and release those muscles 3-4 times in a row. Repeat this exercise several times a day.
  • Manage your fluid intake
    Do not limit your water intake. Know which beverages can make your OAB worse. A bladder diary can help you better understand and manage your OAB.