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
35
Tried for
urinary incontinence (35)
Treatment name(s)

(Detrol LA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
urinary incontinence (21)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
depressed mood (11) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
depressed mood (9) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)

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 (23 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth alternating constipation and diarrhea 5 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
urinary incontinence (35)
Treatment name(s)

(Detrol LA)
Perceived effectiveness
for urinary incontinence (33 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth drowsiness 6 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
urinary incontinence (21)
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)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness upset stomach
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision acute renal failure 20 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (11) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog abdominal pain 30 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
depressed mood (9) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness allergic reaction 4 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
memory and cognition problems
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (8)
  • 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 35
30s 87
40s 205
50s 266
60s 201
70+ 96
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 54
20-29 years 55
30-39 years 87
40-49 years 107
50-59 years 60
60-69 years 22
70+ years 8

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 173
Female 719

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 459
Not Diagnosed 69

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