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 733 111
Bowel irritability 97 46
Bowel problems 50 28
Stomach pain 15 3
Abdominal cramps 14 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 Percentage
Severe 11
Moderate 20
Mild 31
None 102

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dicyclomine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 6
Constipation 5
Drowsiness 5
Nausea 5
Blurry vision 3
Dizziness 3

Show all 45 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dicyclomine

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mg four times daily 5
20mg as needed 4
10 mg twice daily 3
20 mg four times daily 3
10mg as needed 3
40 mg daily 2
10 mg daily 1
10 mg three times daily 1
30 mg daily 1
20 mg three times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Dicyclomine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 63
Doctor's advice 29
Course of treatment ended 21
Side effects too severe 20
Other 14
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 2
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Duration

Currently taking Dicyclomine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Dicyclomine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 34
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 90
Usually 31
Sometimes 37
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 22
Not at all hard to take 121
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 96
Not specified 63

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Dicyclomine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hyoscyamine (Levsin) 6
Cholestyramine (Questran) 2
Linaclotide (Linzess) 2
Chlordiazepoxide-clidinium (Librax) 1
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Dicyclomine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hyoscyamine (Levsin) 5
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Chlordiazepoxide-clidinium (Librax) 1
Glycopyrrolate (Robinul) 1
Linaclotide (Linzess) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching to

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11 patient evaluations for Dicyclomine

Dec 8, 2019 (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

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
    None (for esophageal spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain in lower right abdomen)
  • 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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