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
31
Tried for
urinary incontinence (31)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
depressed mood (7) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
depressed mood (8) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (5) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)

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 (19 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth alternating constipation and diarrhea 4 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
urinary incontinence (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Detrol LA)
Perceived effectiveness
for urinary incontinence (30 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth drowsiness 6 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
urinary incontinence (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood confusion 4 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness upset stomach
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog abdominal pain 30 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
depressed mood (7) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness allergic reaction 4 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision acute renal failure 20 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (8) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision fibromyalgia
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (5) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (6)
  • 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 90
40s 197
50s 279
60s 204
70+ 112
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 55
20-29 years 57
30-39 years 87
40-49 years 109
50-59 years 61
60-69 years 22
70+ years 8

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 178
Female 740

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 465
Not Diagnosed 70

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