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
21
Tried for
urinary incontinence (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Detrol LA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
urinary incontinence (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)

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 (15 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth diarrhea 2 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
urinary incontinence (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Detrol LA)
Perceived effectiveness
for urinary incontinence (14 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth dry mouth at night 3 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
urinary incontinence (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (8)
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)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
confusion swelling in lower extremities 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
hallucinations
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
  • 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 6
20s 25
30s 85
40s 183
50s 270
60s 221
70+ 126
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 55
20-29 years 57
30-39 years 86
40-49 years 108
50-59 years 62
60-69 years 21
70+ years 7

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 176
Female 737

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 462
Not Diagnosed 69

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