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 331 104
Urinary urgency 157 73
Incontinence 96 34
Urinary Incontinence 43 37
Frequent urination 39 17
Intermittent 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 26
Moderate 53
Mild 62
None 104

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxybutynin

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 64
Constipation 11
Dry eyes 9
Blurry vision 5
Dry mouth at night 5
Urinary hesitancy 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxybutynin

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 40
5 mg daily 18
15 mg daily 14
5 mg twice daily 10
5 mg three times daily 6
20 mg daily 4
2.5 mg daily 3
2.5 mg twice daily 3
30 mg daily 3
3.9 mg/24 hr weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Oxybutynin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 69
Other 49
Side effects too severe 46
Doctor's advice 44
Course of treatment ended 11
Change in health plan coverage 7
Expense 5
Personal research 3
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Duration

Currently taking Oxybutynin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 28
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 23

Stopped taking Oxybutynin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 45
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 195
Usually 27
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 27
Not at all hard to take 206
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 9
< $25 151
Not specified 80

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxybutynin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Solifenacin (Vesicare) 3
Tolterodine (Detrol LA) 3
Fesoterodine (Toviaz) 2
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Darifenacin (Enablex) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Oxybutynin and switched to:

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

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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43 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: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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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: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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

See dmitts1's full Oxybutynin history

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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