Urinary incontinence

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What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control which can greatly reduce quality of life by causing embarrassment, stigmatization, isolation, and depression. It may present as a near-constant dribbling or as intermittent urination with or without awareness of the need to void.

Common symptoms reported by people with urinary 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 urinary incontinence

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

(Oxybutynin ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
urinary incontinence (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Detrol LA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
urinary incontinence (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (12) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
anxious mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
depressed mood (10) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
depressed mood (8) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (1)
1 more

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

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

(Oxybutynin ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for urinary incontinence (21 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth urinary retention 6 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
urinary incontinence (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Detrol LA)
Perceived effectiveness
for urinary incontinence (30 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
urinary incontinence (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood confusion 8 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (12) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
tiredness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
upset stomach
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness allergic reaction 4 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood blurry vision 14 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (10) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog abdominal pain 30 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
depressed mood (8) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
memory and cognition problems
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (1)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 32
30s 88
40s 202
50s 252
60s 192
70+ 89
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 53
20-29 years 54
30-39 years 86
40-49 years 105
50-59 years 61
60-69 years 22
70+ years 8

Sex

Distribution of sex

81% Female
19% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 413
Not Diagnosed 69

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