What is Foley Catheter?

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Generic name: Urinary Catheter

See also: Urethral Catheter-Latex Free

Foley catheters are flexible (usually latex) tubes that are passed through the urethra during urinary catheterization and into the bladder to drain urine. They are retained by means of a balloon at the tip which is inflated with sterile water.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bladder problems 16 10
Neurogenic bladder 9 11
Improve mobility 4 3
Urinary retention 4 9
Urinary incontinence 3 0
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 2 0

Show all 19 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
12
Moderate
9
Mild
4
None
7

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Foley Catheter

Side effect Patients
Urinary tract infection 4
Bladder leakage 3
Pain 2
Bladder infection 1
Bladder pain 1
Bladder problems 1

Show all 14 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Foley Catheter

Dosage Patients
daily 7
every other week 1

Why patients stopped taking Foley Catheter

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 6
Side effects too severe 4
Course of treatment ended 2
Doctor's advice 1
See all 11 patients who've stopped using Foley Catheter

Duration

Currently using Foley Catheter

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
10 years or more 2

Stopped using Foley Catheter

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 4
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 29
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 1
< $25 7
Not specified 19
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1 patient evaluation for Foley Catheter

Jan 26, 2017 (Started May 10, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neurogenic bladder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Also helps prevent bladder leaks during the night if you empty before bed. It has cut my UTI's tremendously!
Cost: $50-99 monthly

May 7, 2015 (Started May 10, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neurogenic bladder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: If you have urinary retention, please use your cathethers. These are so simple to use after the 1st couple of weeks and is so much easier than having unnecessary surgery/bag on the leg. If you work, make sure you keep the same set of supplies there in case of emergency. There are really no negatives or impact on your daily life that I can think of other than you may get the occassional UTI.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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