There are medications available for people suffering from bladder control problems. These are marked by intense and sudden urinary urge or leakage, also called urge incontinence or overactive bladder. Medications for urine leakage as a result of activity or movement, such as sneezing, coughing, or heavy lifting are few.
This guide will talk about the various medications commonly prescribed for treating urinary incontinence. You should keep in mind that behavioral treatment for these conditions tend to be more effective than the medication.
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Actions of acetylcholine (a chemical messenger) are blocked by Anticholinergic drugs. Acetylcholine is responsible for sending signals to the brain for triggering abnormal bladder contractions that come with overactive bladder. You may feel the need to urinate more frequently with these bladder contractions, even when your bladder is not full.
Anticholinergic drugs are delivered as a tablet or pill that can be taken by the mouth. Oxybutynin is available as a skin patch or cream as well which delivered a consistent and continuous amount of medication.
Mirabegron helps in treating several different types of urinary incontinence. It relaxes the muscles in the bladder and increases the amount of urine which can be held in the bladder. Mirabegron may also increase the amount of urine you can pass at one time, which can help you empty your bladder more fully.
Onabotulinumtoxin Type A (Botox)
Botox injections administered in the bladder muscle can go a long way in benefiting people that may have an overactive bladder. Botox paralyzes the bladder muscle and blocks acetylcholine signals. Botox may be a viable treatment option for people that have not responded to other medications. Benefits of Botox can last for several months.
Drop in estrogen levels due to age and menopause can cause deterioration of tissues around the urethra and bladder. It aggravates stress incontinence by weakening the tissues. Vaginal cream containing topical estrogen in low doses can rejuvenate these deteriorating tissues. It can help in reliving a few symptoms of incontinence. However, you should refrain from topical estrogen if you have a history of uterine cancer or breast cancer.
Tofranil or Imipramine is a tricyclic antidepressant, which makes the bladder muscles relax. This can cause contractions in the bladder neck muscles. It can also be used for treating mixed incontinence. Imipramine needs to be taken at night since it causes drowsiness. This makes it useful for nocturnal enuresis and nighttime incontinence.
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) is a norepinephrine and serotonin reuptake inhibitor. It is approved for treating anxiety and depression and can help relax the urethral sphincter. It can also go a long way in improving urinary incontinence in women. Duloxetine is especially useful for women suffering from depression and urinary incontinence.
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