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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
This medicine is an anticholinergic agent used to treat muscle spasms of the bladder (overactive bladder) and the symptoms associated with it. These symptoms may include the inability to control urination (incontinence), feeling that one has to urinate (urgency), as well as having to go the bathroom often (frequency). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. An additional patient information leaflet is available with this medicine. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. DO NOT OPEN the sealed pouch until ready to apply the patch. Open the pouch and remove the protective liner from the patch to expose the adhesive. DO NOT TOUCH the adhesive side of the patch. Apply the patch to a clean, dry, smooth area of skin on your stomach area (abdomen), hips, or buttocks. Press firmly to be sure the patch will stay on. Apply to an area of skin that is under clothing and protected from sunlight. Avoid applying the patch on your waistline since tight clothing may rub the patch off, or on areas where sitting may loosen it. DO NOT APPLY THE PATCH to irritated or oily skin or to areas where lotion or powder is applied. Follow your dosing schedule carefully. Always try to change the patch on the same 2 days of the week to help you remember. Apply the new patch to a different area of skin to prevent skin irritation. Do not apply a patch to the same area within 7 days. Contact with water when swimming, showering, bathing, or exercising will not change the way the medicine works. Try to avoid rubbing the patch though during these activities. If the area around the patch becomes red, itchy, or irritated, try a new site. If irritation continues or becomes worse, notify your doctor promptly. IF THE PATCH FALLS OFF, reapply it or apply a new patch. Continue to follow your regular application schedule. When it is time to apply a new patch, remove the old one carefully and dispose of it properly in the trash. Fold the sticky sides of the patch together and throw away where it cannot be accidentally worn or swallowed, especially a child or pet. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in the original sealed pouch, away from heat and light. Brief periods of storage at 59 to 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. CONTINUE TO USE THIS MEDICINE even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. IF YOU FORGET TO CHANGE THE PATCH on the correct day, remove the old patch and apply a new one as soon as you remember. Continue to follow your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 patches at once.
Chemical Name: OXYBUTYNIN (ox-i-BYOO-ti-nin)
DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE YOU DRINK ALCOHOL while you are using this medicine. THIS MEDICINE WILL ADD TO THE EFFECTS of alcohol and other depressants. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines are depressants This medicine may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to this medicine. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. This medicine can cause decreased sweating. DO NOT BECOME OVERHEATED in hot weather or during exercise or other activities since heat stroke may occur. Contact your doctor if you have been exposed to high temperatures and you develop fever; flushing; hot, dry skin; severe or persistent headache; dizziness; sudden fatigue; fast heartbeat; seizures; or fainting. ALWAYS REMOVE THE PATCH CAREFULLY AND SLOWLY to avoid damage to your skin. If there is adhesive left on your skin, gently wash the area with warm, soapy water. You may also use baby oil or a medical adhesive removal pad if needed. Do not use alcohol or nail polish remover because these may irritate the skin. THERE MAY BE MINOR REDNESS OF YOUR SKIN AFTER YOU REMOVE THE PATCH. It should disappear after several hours. Tell your doctor if the irritation or redness becomes worse or if it does not go away. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING THIS MEDICINE IN THE ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the medicine. FOR WOMEN: It is not known if this medicine can cause harm to the fetus. IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby