What is Dicyclomine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Dicycloverine

Dicyclomine is an anticholinergic medication used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. It relieves muscle spasms in the gastrointestinal tract.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Irritable bowel syndrome 234 105
Bowel irritability 81 44
Bowel problems 42 24
Stomach pain 13 3
Abdominal cramps 12 5

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 9
Moderate 20
Mild 31
None 93

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dicyclomine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 7
Constipation 5
Drowsiness 5
Nausea 4
Dizziness 3
Blurry vision 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dicyclomine

Dosage Patients
20 mg four times daily 10
20mg as needed 10
20 mg three times daily 8
10mg as needed 8
10 mg daily 5
10 mg twice daily 5
10 mg three times daily 5
10 mg four times daily 5
40 mg daily 3
30 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Dicyclomine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 60
Doctor's advice 28
Course of treatment ended 20
Side effects too severe 19
Other 13
Personal research 5
Expense 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 119 patients who've stopped taking Dicyclomine

Duration

Currently taking Dicyclomine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 16

Stopped taking Dicyclomine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 33
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 86
Usually 29
Sometimes 32
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 21
Not at all hard to take 113
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 89
Not specified 59

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Dicyclomine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hyoscyamine (Levsin) 5
Cholestyramine (Questran) 2
Chlordiazepoxide-clidinium (Librax) 1
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 1
Diphenoxylate and Atropine (Lomotil) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Dicyclomine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hyoscyamine (Levsin) 5
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Glycopyrrolate (Robinul) 1
Lubiprostone (Amitiza) 1
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 1
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11 patient evaluations for Dicyclomine

Jul 8, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 31, 2017 (Started May 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain in lower right abdomen)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for esophageal spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: Make sure you know how this medication will affect you. I was very surprised at how drowsy I got with this. At the very least, I got some good naps while I was taking it.

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Apr 11, 2015 (Started Apr 12, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: This medication is great for serious bouts of diarrhea. This is not for slight bouts of diarrhea, in my opinion. Don't expect to have a bowel movement for several days after taking this medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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