Lyrinel XL


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Lyrinel XL

Used for the treatment of Incontinence

  • Effective treatment for urge incontinence
  • Prolonged release tablets that work all day
  • Relaxes an overactive bladder
From £33.99

Lyrinel XL is a brand of the drug oxybutynin, a medicine that relaxes and overactive bladder and reduces the need to urinate. It belongs to the group of medications known as anticholinergics or antispasmodics.

Lyrinel is used for the treatment of urge incontinence or increased urinary frequency associated with urgency as may occur in patients with an unstable bladder.

Lyrinel XL tablets are prolonged-release tablets, designed to release the oxybutynin slowly over the day as it passes through the intestines.

Lyrinel is an anticholinergic or antispasmodic. It contains oxybutynin hydrochloride as its active ingredient. It works by relaxing the involuntary muscle that is found in the wall of the bladder.

The detrusor muscle may contract in uncontrollable spasms, resulting in an overactive or unstable bladder. It can increase the frequency of passing urine, gives you uncontrollable urges to urinate, or urinary incontinence.

Oxybutynin relaxes the detrusor muscle, thereby reducing the unstable, involuntary contractions of the bladder leading to an increase in its capacity to hold urine. This, in turn, reduces the need to pass urine.

The main benefit of using Lyrinel tablet is the relief it provides to an overactive bladder. Lyrinel effective relaxes the involuntary muscle at the wall of the bladder, reducing the number of time you need to pass urine, uncontrollable urges to pass urine or involuntary leakage of urine.

Follow carefully the instructions of your doctor on how to take this medication. It is important that you also read the patient information leaflet that comes with the product package when you fill up your prescription. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or your pharmacist.

Lyrinel XL tablets should be swallowed whole with a drink of water. The tablet should not be broken, chewed, or crushed, otherwise, it will stop their prolonged release action from working. The tablets can be taken with or without a meal.

It will help if you take the dose of this medicine at about the same time each day. It will help you remember to take your scheduled dose. In case you forget to take your dose at the usual schedule, take it as soon as you remember provided it is not very close to your next regular dose. If it is too close to the next regular dose, just skip the missed dose. Do not double the dose as a makeup for the missed one.

Keep taking Lyrinel as prescribed until your doctor tells you to stop.

The dose of Lyrinel XL varies from person to person. Your doctor shall determine the dose of your medicine based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment.

The usual dose of Lyrinel XL is one tablet taken once daily.

Lyrinel XL, like other medications, can cause unwanted side effects, although not everybody will get them.

The very common side effect of Lyrinel XL is dry mouth.

The following are the common side effects of Lyrinel XL:

  • Dizziness
  • Feeling sleepy
  • Blurred vision
  • A headache
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dry eyes
  • Palpitations
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Constipation
  • A sore throat
  • Diarrhoea
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Dry skin
  • Feeling sick
  • Itching
  • Change in the way things taste
  • Difficulty passing urine

The following are the uncommon side effects of Lyrinel XL:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Inability to empty bladder
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Convulsions
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Flushing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Faster than normal heartbeat
  • Raised pressure in the eye

The following are the side effects on Lyrinel XL at unknown frequency:

  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Problems with memory, learning, and understanding
  • Nightmares
  • Heat stroke
  • Reduced sweating
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Dilated pupils

Report to your doctor if you experience any other side effects that are associated with your use of Lyrinel XL


Do not use this medication if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Inform your doctor if you have previously experienced such an allergy. If you believe you are experiencing an allergic reaction, stop taking the medication and immediately inform your doctor.

Lyrinel XL is not recommended for use in children below five years of age.

It should not be used by the following:

  • People with a blockage in the stomach or intestines.
  • People with an obstruction to the outflow of urine from the bladder.
  • People with severe bowel inflammation
  • People with closed angle glaucoma
  • People with a sudden expansion of the large intestine
  • People with myasthenia gravis, a condition with abnormal muscle weakness
  • People with galactose intolerance
  • People with porphyrias, an inherited blood disorder.

Lyrinel XL may cause dizziness, drowsiness, and blurred vision. If you are affected by any of these, do not drive or operate machinery.

This medication may reduce sweating, increasing your susceptibility to overheating when it is hot, or if you have a fever. Talk to your doctor on how to minimize this risk.

The membrane of this medicine may pass through the intestines unchanged and may be visible in the stools. This will not affect the action of your medicine. Do not worry because it is normal.


The safety of Lyrinel for use by pregnant women is not established. It is not recommended for use during pregnancy unless the potential benefits outweigh the possible risks to the fetus. Seek the advice of your doctor.

The safety of Lyrinel for use during breastfeeding is not fully established. Discuss first with your doctor the benefits and risks of this medicine before you start to breastfeed.


Drug interactions may alter the way your medicines work or increase the risks of side effects. Share with your doctor a list of all medications you are currently taking to allow your doctor to check for any unsafe combination.

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