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
7
Tried for
urge incontinence (7)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Neurontin)
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
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
urge incontinence (7)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain hyperactivity
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth sleepiness
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (3) pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
projectile vomiting sleepiness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
chronic constipation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
upset stomach
Total evaluations
1
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 7
30s 19
40s 56
50s 83
60s 67
70+ 45
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 10
20-29 years 15
30-39 years 25
40-49 years 31
50-59 years 12
60-69 years 7
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 43
Female 238

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 118
Not Diagnosed 22

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