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Are there any risks in taking oxybutynin?

There are some risks associated with taking oxybutynin, such as drug interaction, side effects and heat stroke, and you should discuss them with your doctor before taking the medication.

Research shows that oxybutynin is probably safe for use by pregnant women, but it is not known whether the drug passes into breast milk, so breastfeeding mothers should talk to their doctors before breastfeeding while taking oxybutynin.

Drug interactions, side effects and heightened heat stroke risk are possible when taking oxybutynin. Oxybutynin may interact with several acetylcholinesterase inhibitor drugs, anticholinergic medications, antifungal medications, antibiotics, protease inhibitors and the drug pramlintide. Tell your doctor all medications you take as well as supplements to avoid the effects of drug interactions, such as decreased drug effectiveness, increased drug amounts in blood and increased risk of side effects.

There's also a risk of side effects with oxybutynin which may vary according to the kind of oxybutynin you take. Some of the side effects are serious enough to require that you contact your physician immediately, while others may be more of an inconvenience. One of the possible side effects, decreased perspiration, may increase your risk for heat stroke. Take care to stay hydrated and avoid becoming overheated when you're out in hot weather or exercising.

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