CHICAGO, May 19 (UPI) — Ninety percent of patients prescribed medication for overactive bladder quit, U.S. researchers found.
“It is important to identify why people stop taking their medication as persistence with medication is generally associated with positive health outcomes and reductions in healthcare resource use and costs,” study co-author Linda Brubaker of Loyola University in Chicago said in a statement.
Brubaker and colleagues surveyed 6,577 U.S. adults, of which 5,392 responded, who were prescribed medication in the last 12 months for overactive bladder. One-quarter quit using the medication, often for multiple reasons.
The study, published in the journal BJUI, found 46 percent said the drug didn’t work as expected, 23 percent said they got by without the medication, 21 percent said they stopped because of the side effects and about 25 percent switched to a new medication. Other reasons the survey participants gave for quitting the medication included cost, change of insurance status, not wanting to use medication, advice from healthcare professionals and health improvements.
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