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 338 110
Urinary urgency 170 85
Incontinence 96 35
Urinary Incontinence 54 40
Frequent urination 40 17
Urinary incontinence 32 16

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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 27
Moderate 55
Mild 67
None 118

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxybutynin

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 67
Constipation 11
Dry eyes 9
Blurry vision 7
Dry mouth at night 5
Urinary hesitancy 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxybutynin

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 38
5 mg daily 19
5 mg twice daily 9
15 mg daily 9
5 mg three times daily 6
2.5 mg twice daily 4
30 mg daily 4
2.5 mg daily 3
20 mg daily 3
5mg as needed 2

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Why patients stopped taking Oxybutynin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 79
Other 52
Doctor's advice 48
Side effects too severe 47
Course of treatment ended 12
Change in health plan coverage 8
Expense 6
Personal research 4
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Duration

Currently taking Oxybutynin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 31
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 23

Stopped taking Oxybutynin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 48
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 49
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 208
Usually 32
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 33
Not at all hard to take 222
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 4
$25-49 10
< $25 160
Not specified 91

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxybutynin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Solifenacin (Vesicare) 6
Tolterodine (Detrol LA) 4
Fesoterodine (Toviaz) 2
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Darifenacin (Enablex) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Oxybutynin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Solifenacin (Vesicare) 7
mirabegron (Myrbetriq) 5
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 4
Fesoterodine (Toviaz) 3
Trospium (Sanctura) 2

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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45 patient evaluations for Oxybutynin

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nsingle1
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nsingle1
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See nsingle1's full Oxybutynin history

Feb 16, 2017 (Started May 09, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Urinary urgency)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jun 30, 2016 (Started May 09, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Urinary urgency)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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dmitts1
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dmitts1
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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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
ltbeauti
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ltbeauti
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Aug 31, 2015 (Started Feb 24, 2012)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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