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Gelnique Gel

Generic Name: Oxybutynin (OX-i-BUE-ti-nin)Brand Name: Gelnique

Gelnique Gel is used for:

Treating overactive bladder with symptoms of urgency, frequency, or leakage. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Gelnique Gel is an anticholinergic. It works by relaxing muscles in the bladder.

Do NOT use Gelnique Gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Gelnique Gel
  • you have bladder blockage or are unable to urinate
  • you have certain stomach or bowel problems (eg, blockage, decreased muscle movement)
  • you have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma
  • you have heart problems caused by severe bleeding

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Gelnique Gel:

Some medical conditions may interact with Gelnique Gel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have trouble urinating or have very poor health
  • if you have a history of heart problems (eg, heart failure, fast or irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, nervous system problems, esophagus problems (eg, reflux disease, inflammation, narrowing), stomach or bowel problems (eg, colitis, inflammation, constipation), or hiatal hernia
  • if you have a history of liver or kidney problems, myasthenia gravis, an enlarged prostate, an overactive thyroid, or glaucoma, or if you are at risk for glaucoma

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Gelnique Gel. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Disulfiram because a reaction that includes flushing, headache, nausea, vomiting, fast or irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, or severe dizziness may occur
  • Other anticholinergic medicines (eg, scopolamine) because they may increase the risk of Gelnique Gel's side effects
  • Bisphosphonates (eg, alendronate) because the risk of irritation of the esophagus may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Gelnique Gel may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Gelnique Gel:

Use Gelnique Gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Gelnique Gel. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Gelnique Gel is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with warm water.
  • Apply Gelnique Gel to dry, undamaged skin on the abdomen, upper arms, shoulders, or thighs. If you apply Gelnique Gel to the abdomen, avoid the area around the belly button.
  • Do not use the same application site 2 days in a row. Do not apply Gelnique Gel to other areas of the body.
  • Do not apply Gelnique Gel to skin with an open sore or rash, or to an area that has been recently shaved.
  • Do not apply Gelnique Gel to areas of the skin that have been treated with oils, lotions, or powders. However, you may use Gelnique Gel with sunscreen.
  • Do not open the packet until just before use.
  • Wash your hands and the application site with mild soap and water before you apply Gelnique Gel. Allow the area to dry completely.
  • Squeeze the entire contents of the packet into the palm of your hand or directly onto the application site. Gently rub Gelnique Gel into your skin until it dries. Do not continue to rub after it dries.
  • Wash your hands immediately after you apply Gelnique Gel.
  • Do not bathe, swim, shower, exercise, or get the application site wet for at least 1 hour after using Gelnique Gel.
  • Be careful not to get Gelnique Gel on another person. If another person may come into contact with the application site, cover the area with clothing after the medicine dries.
  • Continue to use Gelnique Gel even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Gelnique Gel, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Gelnique Gel.

Important safety information:

  • Gelnique Gel may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Gelnique Gel with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Check with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Gelnique Gel; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
  • Gelnique Gel may cause decreased sweating. Do not become overheated in hot weather or while you are being active; heatstroke 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.
  • Gelnique Gel may cause dry mouth. To help relieve dry mouth, suck on sugarless hard candy or ice chips, chew sugarless gum, drink water, or use a saliva substitute. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Gelnique Gel is flammable. Do not smoke while using Gelnique Gel. Do not store or use near an open flame.
  • If another person comes into contact with Gelnique Gel, they should wash it off right away with mild soap and water.
  • Gelnique Gel may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Use Gelnique Gel with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Gelnique Gel should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children has not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Gelnique Gel can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Gelnique Gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if Gelnique Gel is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Gelnique Gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Gelnique Gel:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Blurred vision; constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; mild redness, irritation, or itching at the application site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blisters, rash, pain, or loss of feeling at the application site; confusion; difficult or painful urination; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; hallucinations; mental or mood changes (eg, agitation); seizures; severe or persistent redness, irritation, or itching at the application site; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; vision problems.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include coma; delirium; fever; flushing; hallucinations; inability to urinate; irregular heartbeat; paralysis; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; tremor; trouble breathing; vomiting.

Proper storage of Gelnique Gel:

Store Gelnique Gel at room temperature, 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store in original packaging until just before use. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Gelnique Gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Gelnique Gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Gelnique Gel is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Gelnique Gel. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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