Urge incontinence

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What is urge incontinence?

Urge incontinence is uncontrolled urine leakage (of moderate to large volume) that occurs immediately after an urgent, irrepressible need to void. Nocturia and nocturnal incontinence are common. It is the most common type of incontinence in the elderly but may affect younger people as well.

Common symptoms reported by people with urge incontinence

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with urge incontinence

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Oxybutynin ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
urge incontinence (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Symmetrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Breath Meditation)
Type
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Detrol LA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
urge incontinence (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)

Data from patients with urge incontinence, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with urge incontinence

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Oxybutynin ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for urge incontinence (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
urge incontinence (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Symmetrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (2 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Breath Meditation)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Detrol LA)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
urge incontinence (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with urge incontinence, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has urge incontinence on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 4
30s 13
40s 39
50s 49
60s 37
70+ 18
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 7
20-29 years 12
30-39 years 20
40-49 years 27
50-59 years 6
60-69 years 4
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

87% Female
13% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 78
Not Diagnosed 20

These charts show data from urge incontinence patients who have completed their condition history
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