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 231 105
Bowel irritability 81 43
Bowel problems 42 23
Stomach pain 13 3
Abdominal cramps 12 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 21
Mild 31
None 92

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dicyclomine

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

Show all 44 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dicyclomine

Dosage Patients
20 mg four times daily 10
10mg as needed 9
20mg as needed 9
10 mg three times daily 6
20 mg three times daily 6
10 mg daily 4
20 mg twice daily 4
10 mg twice daily 3
10 mg four times daily 3
40 mg daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Dicyclomine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 61
Doctor's advice 28
Course of treatment ended 20
Side effects too severe 20
Other 13
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 3
See all 120 patients who've stopped taking Dicyclomine

Duration

Currently taking Dicyclomine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 16

Stopped taking Dicyclomine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 33
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 85
Usually 30
Sometimes 31
Never taken as prescribed 6
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 113
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 88
Not specified 59

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Dicyclomine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hyoscyamine (Levsin) 4
Cholestyramine (Questran) 2
Chlordiazepoxide-clidinium (Librax) 1
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 1
Diphenoxylate and Atropine (Lomotil) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Dicyclomine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hyoscyamine (Levsin) 5
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Glycopyrrolate (Robinul) 1
Lubiprostone (Amitiza) 1
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 1
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11 patient evaluations for Dicyclomine

Mar 25, 2009 (Started Mar 25, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bowel irritability)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 18, 2009 (Started Feb 14, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bowel irritability)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Side effects: dry mouth, dry mouth

  • 0 helpful marks
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