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 348 118
Urinary urgency 186 96
Urinary incontinence 74 59
Frequent urination 40 18
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 61
Mild 71
None 132

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxybutynin

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 74
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 48
5 mg daily 29
5 mg twice daily 12
15 mg daily 11
5 mg three times daily 7
20 mg daily 7
5mg as needed 5
2.5 mg daily 3
10 g daily 3
30 mg daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Oxybutynin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 82
Doctor's advice 56
Other 52
Side effects too severe 47
Course of treatment ended 13
Change in health plan coverage 8
Expense 6
Personal research 4
See all 213 patients who've stopped taking Oxybutynin

Duration

Currently taking Oxybutynin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 34

Stopped taking Oxybutynin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 25
1 - 6 months 52
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 53
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 225
Usually 39
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 38
Not at all hard to take 240
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 4
$25-49 12
< $25 172
Not specified 101

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxybutynin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Solifenacin (Vesicare) 9
Tolterodine (Detrol LA) 5
Fesoterodine (Toviaz) 2
mirabegron (Myrbetriq) 2
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Oxybutynin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Solifenacin (Vesicare) 12
mirabegron (Myrbetriq) 6
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 4
Fesoterodine (Toviaz) 4
Tolterodine (Detrol LA) 2

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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43 patient evaluations for Oxybutynin

Aug 31, 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: 5 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jul 6, 2017 (Started May 09, 2015)

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

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

  • 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
    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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