What is Dicyclomine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Bentyl

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See also: Dicycloverine

Dicyclomine is an anticholinergic medication used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. It relieves muscle spasms in the gastrointestinal tract.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Irritable bowel syndrome 230 102
Bowel irritability 79 42
Bowel problems 41 21
Stomach pain 13 3
Abdominal cramps 11 5

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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
8
Moderate
19
Mild
30
None
92

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dicyclomine

Side effect Patients
Constipation 6
Drowsiness 5
Dry mouth 5
Nausea 4
Dizziness 3
Blurry vision 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dicyclomine

Dosage Patients
10mg as needed 10
20 mg four times daily 8
20 mg three times daily 7
20mg as needed 7
10 mg three times daily 6
20 mg twice daily 5
10 mg twice daily 4
10 mg four times daily 4
10 mg daily 3
20 mg daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Dicyclomine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 61
Doctor's advice 29
Side effects too severe 21
Course of treatment ended 20
Other 13
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 3
See all 121 patients who've stopped taking Dicyclomine

Duration

Currently taking Dicyclomine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Dicyclomine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 34
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 82
Usually 29
Sometimes 31
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 110
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 88
Not specified 56

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Dicyclomine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hyoscyamine (Levsin) 4
Cholestyramine (Questran) 3
Chlordiazepoxide-clidinium (Librax) 1
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 1
Diphenoxylate and Atropine (Lomotil) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Dicyclomine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hyoscyamine (Levsin) 4
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Glycopyrrolate (Robinul) 1
Lubiprostone (Amitiza) 1
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 1
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11 patient evaluations for Dicyclomine

May 31, 2017 (Started May 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain in lower right abdomen)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for esophageal spasms)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: Make sure you know how this medication will affect you. I was very surprised at how drowsy I got with this. At the very least, I got some good naps while I was taking it.

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Apr 11, 2015 (Started Apr 12, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: This medication is great for serious bouts of diarrhea. This is not for slight bouts of diarrhea, in my opinion. Don't expect to have a bowel movement for several days after taking this medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Sep 7, 2014 (Started Apr 02, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for abdominal pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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