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FDA Approves Merck Over The Counter Version of Oxytrol to Treat Over Active Bladders

Posted Jan 28 2013 2:39am

Oxybutynin is the drug that is in the patch used to help patients with over active bladders and relaxes the organ.    A patch can be applied every 4 days.  It is the first drug in it’s class to be approved for over the counter use.  BD 

(Reuters) - Health regulators approved Merck & Co's nonprescription version of Oxytrol to treat overactive bladder in womenimage ages 18 and older, the agency said on Friday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the over-the-counter version of Oxytrol would be available for women only and that the drug remained available to men by prescription. 

Overactive bladder, which affects an estimated 33 million Americans, is a condition in which the bladder squeezes too often or without warning. Symptoms include leaking urine, feeling a sudden and urgent need to urinate, and frequent urination.

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