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 351 119
Urinary urgency 191 96
Urinary incontinence 77 60
Frequent urination 41 18
Urinary incontinence 32 16

Show all 38 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 30
Moderate 61
Mild 71
None 134

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxybutynin

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 76
Constipation 12
Dry eyes 11
Blurry vision 7
Urinary retention 6
Dry mouth at night 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxybutynin

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 49
5 mg daily 31
5 mg twice daily 15
15 mg daily 12
20 mg daily 7
5 mg three times daily 6
5mg as needed 5
10 mg twice daily 4
2.5 mg daily 3
10 g daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Oxybutynin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 84
Doctor's advice 56
Other 53
Side effects too severe 50
Course of treatment ended 13
Change in health plan coverage 8
Expense 6
Personal research 4
See all 218 patients who've stopped taking Oxybutynin

Duration

Currently taking Oxybutynin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 36

Stopped taking Oxybutynin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 25
1 - 6 months 53
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 53
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 229
Usually 40
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 245
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 5
$25-49 12
< $25 173
Not specified 104

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxybutynin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Solifenacin (Vesicare) 11
Tolterodine (Detrol LA) 6
mirabegron (Myrbetriq) 3
Fesoterodine (Toviaz) 2
Aluminum chloride hexahydrate topical (Driclor) 1

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Oxybutynin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Solifenacin (Vesicare) 12
mirabegron (Myrbetriq) 7
Fesoterodine (Toviaz) 5
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 4
Tolterodine (Detrol LA) 2

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

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43 patient evaluations for Oxybutynin

Jul 29, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for urinary incontinence)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Stopped working stopped taking it. Still working on control without meds but improving incrementaly. No excuses for shirking exercises now.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 15, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for urinary incontinence)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 8, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for urinary incontinence)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Keegle exercises are necessary no matter how much you don't want to do them
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 22, 2014 (Started Nov 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for urinary incontinence)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Didn't work so discontinued use.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2013 (Started Nov 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for urinary incontinence)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 10, 2011 (Started Nov 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for urinary incontinence)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 15, 2014 (Started Mar 06, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for neurogenic bladder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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