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How should I apply the oxybutynin gel or patch?

Both the oxybutynin gel and patch are applied to your skin. Always follow your doctor's instructions on how to apply your medication.

To apply the gel:
Wash your hands and the skin area where you will apply the gel with mild soap and water. Dry your hands and skin. You may apply the gel in one of two ways. Either open the gel packet, empty it into your hands and apply, or open the gel packet and empty it onto the treatment area. You can apply oxybutynin gel to your thigh, stomach, shoulder or upper arm. Wait for the gel to dry before putting on clothes. Clothes should cover the treated area so that oxybutynin gel doesn't get on other people or other areas of your skin. Don't apply oxybutynin to the same area two days in a row.

To apply the patch:
After opening the package, peel off the protective liner from the patch and press the patch firmly to a dry, clean area on your hip, stomach or buttock. Make sure all the edges are pushed down to create a seal. Don't apply the patch to damaged, irritated or oily skin or to a place where clothing will rub against it. You'll wear this patch for three or four days before changing it. When you remove the patch, fold the sticky parts together and throw it away. Mild soap and water or baby oil will remove any sticky residue on your skin. When you reapply it for the second time in a week, apply the patch to a different area on your body. Aim to change your patches on the same days every week. If your patch falls off before it is time to apply a new one and it won't stay on after you attempt to stick it back on, replace it with a new patch. You should change this patch on your next scheduled changing day.

If you have any questions about how to take your medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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