What is Oxybutynin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Oxybutynin is anti-cholinergic drug used to relieve urinary and bladder difficulties, including frequent urination and inability to control urination (urge incontinence), by decreasing muscle spasms of the bladder. It is available in oral form, extended release and as a transdermal patch.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bladder problems 352 121
Urinary urgency 191 92
Frequent urination 41 18
Urinary incontinence 34 16
Urge incontinence 13 15

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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 30
Moderate 59
Mild 71
None 136

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxybutynin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 74
Constipation 12
Dry eyes 11
Blurry vision 7
Urinary retention 6
Dry mouth at night 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxybutynin

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mg daily 34
5 mg daily 22
5 mg twice daily 12
15 mg daily 9
5 mg three times daily 6
20 mg daily 5
2.5 mg daily 4
30 mg daily 4
10 mg twice daily 3
5mg as needed 3

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Why patients stopped taking Oxybutynin

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 85
Doctor's advice 57
Other 53
Side effects too severe 51
Course of treatment ended 13
Change in health plan coverage 8
Expense 6
Personal research 4
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Duration

Currently taking Oxybutynin

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 26

Stopped taking Oxybutynin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 25
1 - 6 months 55
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 53
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 228
Usually 41
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 34
Not at all hard to take 249
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 5
$25-49 13
< $25 173
Not specified 103

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxybutynin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Solifenacin (Vesicare) 11
Tolterodine (Detrol LA) 6
mirabegron (Myrbetriq) 3
Aluminum chloride hexahydrate topical (Driclor) 1
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1

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Patients stopped taking Oxybutynin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Solifenacin (Vesicare) 12
mirabegron (Myrbetriq) 8
Fesoterodine (Toviaz) 5
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 4
Tolterodine (Detrol LA) 2

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43 patient evaluations for Oxybutynin

Aug 31, 2017 (Started May 09, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bladder problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for urinary urgency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jul 6, 2017 (Started May 09, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bladder problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for urinary urgency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 16, 2017 (Started May 09, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bladder problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for urinary urgency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jun 30, 2016 (Started May 09, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bladder problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for urinary urgency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 24, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neurogenic bladder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 31, 2015 (Started Feb 24, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bladder problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for urinary urgency)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (urinary retention)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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