Lyrinel XL can help you to improve your bladder control. It calms overactive bladder muscles, reducing how strongly and frequently you get the urge to go to the toilet.
Because of this, Lyrinel XL is a great option if you have urge incontinence. This is when you often get a sudden and overwhelming need to urinate. It can be hard to control, and it might disturb you from sleep or in public, but Lyrinel XL can ease these symptoms.
What also makes Lyrinel XL a bit unique compared to other tablets for urinary incontinence or urgency is that it’s a delayed-release medication. So you only have to take one tablet a day for more effective bladder control.
How does Lyrinel XL work?
The active ingredient in Lyrinel XL is oxybutynin. Oxybutynin is a type of drug called an anticholinergic. It works on the acetylcholine (ACh) neurotransmitter, blocking its muscarinic activity.
Since ACh makes the muscles in your bladder contract, blocking it calms them. This means your bladder won’t suddenly spasm, reducing your frequent urges to urinate. It also allows your bladder to hold more liquid.
What doses of Lyrinel XL are there?
The most common starting dose of Lyrinel XL is one 5mg tablet a day. After a week, your dose might be raised to 10mg a day if you’re still getting symptoms. The maximum daily dose is 20mg.
Lyrinel XL is an extended-release tablet. It has a coating that allows the medication to be absorbed slowly through your stomach. So you’ll only need to take a dose once a day for its effects to keep you protected.
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How to take Lyrinel XL
Follow your clinician’s advice on taking Lyrinel XL. If you have any questions, log into your account and send us a message.
Take your Lyrinel XL at around the same time every day. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in the morning or evening.
Swallow it whole. It’s important not to crush or chew the tablet, as this can damage the coating and affect how it’s absorbed.
Drinking a glass of water with Lyrinel XL can help you swallow it.
You can take Lyrinel XL with or without food. So if eating your morning or evening meal while taking Lyrinel helps you remember, it may be a good idea.
How long does it take Lyrinel XL to work?
You’ll start feeling some results from Lyrinel XL pretty quickly. It also builds up over time, so your symptoms should improve more the longer you take it. If you’re taking it for the first time, you’ll probably feel a noticeable difference in a few hours.
Because it’s an extended-release medication, its effects are delivered slowly and stably, so they don’t peak and plummet as sharply. This means that you should be pretty well-protected from incontinence all day and night.
What should I do if I make a mistake while taking Lyrinel XL?
If you miss your dose of Lyrinel XL, skip it and take your next dose at the usual time. Don’t double your dose to make up for a missed dose. Setting alarms or using a medication reminder app might help you keep up with taking your tablets.
Lyrinel can sometimes make people feel drowsy. If it affects your awareness, don’t drive or use heavy machinery. If you take too much Lyrinel XL, seek medical attention right away. Try to bring the packaging of the medication with you, so they can see what you’ve taken and how much.
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FAQ: Lyrinel XL Tablets
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How is Lyrinel XL different from other treatments for urinary incontinence?
Lyrinel XL is different from many other treatments for urinary incontinence. It’s not permanent like surgery, but it gives you more tools to help you manage than self-care alone. So if you’ve tried managing your incontinence and urgency on your own and it hasn’t worked, you might want to try Lyrinel XL.
It’s also the only medication made from oxybutynin that’s extended-release. So Lyrinel XL gives you all the same protection from urgency and incontinence, but it’s much simpler. You don’t have to take a tablet two or three times a day to stay on top of your symptoms.
Is Lyrinel XL similar to any other treatments?
There’s a generic medication very similar to Lyrinel XL, called Oxybutynin. The active ingredient of both medications is oxybutynin, but it’s formulated slightly differently. Unlike Lyrinel XL, Oxybutynin is an instant release medication. That means you need to take it more often for it to work, because its effects don’t last as long. You’ll usually need to take Oxybutynin two or three times a day. And because it’s absorbed more slowly, you might also get a lower chance of side effects from Lyrinel XL.
Oxybutynin is also a generic medication, while Lyrinel XL is a brand. So Oxybutynin might come in different packaging with tablets that look different to Lyrinel XL. Generic medications are also often cheaper than branded versions. There’s also another instant release formulation of oxybutynin called Ditropan, which comes in a lower 2.5mg dose. Which one you take is really up to you.
How effective is Lyrinel XL?
Lyrinel XL is a powerful medication for getting your bladder under control. It’s been proven to reduce urge incontinence episodes as well as the frequent urge to urinate. In one study, patients found their urge episodes reduced by 83.2% and their incontinence episodes went down by 79.3%. 43% of people found their incontinence disappeared completely. It’s also been shown to be more effective than other similar drugs like tolterodine.
There are also some self-care tips you can try to help improve your bladder control even more when you use Lyrinel XL. For instance limiting your consumption of caffeine and alcohol, as they can make your bladder more hyperactive. You might also want to avoid drinking too many fluids in the evening if you often get woken up by your urge to urinate.
Can I drink alcohol while taking Lyrinel XL?
Lyrinel XL often makes people sleepy and can make you dizzy or confused. This is because it has a depressant effect on the central nervous system, meaning it slows down the activity of your brain.
Alcohol also causes central nervous system depression, so mixing the two can make the effects stronger. This could make you worryingly drowsy. Since alcohol also makes your bladder more overactive, it offsets the benefits of your medication too. So it’s not a good idea to drink alcohol while you’re taking Lyrinel XL.
Do I need a prescription for Lyrinel XL tablets?
Yes, you’ll need to get a prescription for Lyrinel XL from a clinician before you can take it. It’s not suitable for everyone, so a clinician will need to make sure it’s safe for you to take. Lyrinel XL might not be right for you depending on other medications you take or conditions you have.
If you’re interested in Lyrinel XL, you can chat to our clinicians. We’ll check over your health info and let you know what options might be right for you. If Lyrinel XL is an option for you, you can order it straight from us.
Why should I buy Lyrinel XL online with Treated?
Your treatment should be stress-free and tailored to you. If you’re struggling with incontinence, we can work with you to come up with a personalised treatment plan.
We’ll let you know the medications that might suit you, and you can have the right one sent straight to your door, quickly and discreetly. You can pick how often you want your medication delivered too, so it arrives on a schedule that suits your life.
If you have any questions about your treatment at any time, our clinicians are available to contact whenever you need them. We’ve got the expert guidance to help you master your incontinence.
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Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Study of the Efficacy and Tolerability of the Extended-Release Formulations of Oxybutynin and Tolterodine for Overactive Bladder: Results of the OPERA Trial. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 78(6), pp.687-695.
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