The most common group of medications used to treat overactive bladder are the anticholinergic drugs. These medications work by diminishing the activity of and relaxing the detrusor muscle. As a group, they have similar side effects, including dry mouth, blurry vision, constipation, and confusion, especially in the elderly. These drugs for OAB are taken by prescription only and should be taken under the supervision of the prescribing doctor.
Artificial sphincter: Some men may eliminate urine leakage with an artificial sphincter, an implanted device that keeps the urethra closed until you are ready to urinate. This device can help people who have incontinence because of weak sphincter muscles or because of nerve damage that interferes with sphincter muscle function. It does not solve incontinence caused by uncontrolled bladder contractions.
Hydroxychloroquine: Hydroxychloroquine has recently been identified as an agent that can induce urinary incontinence. There is currently only one report supporting this finding. In this report, a 71-year-old female patient developed urinary incontinence as an adverse reaction to hydroxychloroquine administered at therapeutic doses to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Urinary incontinence remitted with drug withdrawal and reappeared when the drug was readministered.31
Drake MJ, Chapple C, Esen AA, Athanasiou S, Cambronero J, Mitcheson D, et al. Efficacy and Safety of Mirabegron Add-on Therapy to Solifenacin in Incontinent Overactive Bladder Patients with an Inadequate Response to Initial 4-Week Solifenacin Monotherapy: A Randomised Double-blind Multicentre Phase 3B Study (BESIDE). Eur Urol. 2016 Jul. 70 (1):136-45. [Medline].
There are a few different styles of adult diapers on the market today. The needs and circumstances of the person wearing them will play a part in which style will be the best to get. There is nothing that states you can’t try more than one style, but having an idea of which type to start with can be helpful.
Medical conditions that cause urge incontinence may be neurologic or non-neurologic. The urethra is healthy, but the bladder is hyperactive or overactive. Pharmacologic therapy for stress incontinence and an overactive bladder may be most effective when combined with a pelvic exercise regimen.
Bladder and bowel control problems are common. More than four million Australians regularly experience leakage from the bladder and bowel (incontinence). Many others have bladder and bowel control problems, such as needing to go to the toilet more frequently and an urgency to go without leakage. Together, these problems are often called continence problems.
If your child discharges large or small amounts of urine frequently, he suffers from frequency. If your child urinates more than seven times a day, it is a case of frequent urination . In most cases, frequent urination usually is a symptom of urinary tract infection (UTI), And, UTIs are more common in girls than boys. The condition can also occur due to undiagnosed diabetes.
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Diuretics: The purpose of a diuretic is to increase the formation of urine by the kidneys. As a result, diuretics increase urinary frequency and may cause urinary urgency and incontinence by overwhelming the patient’s bladder capacity. One study reported a link between diuretics and/or conditions associated with their use and urinary incontinence in community-dwelling women.26 In another study, the use of a loop diuretic with an alpha-blocker almost doubled the risk of urinary incontinence versus alpha-blockers alone, but no increased risk was noted when thiazide diuretics or potassium-sparing diuretics were added to the alpha-blockers.27
Kegel exercises or pelvic floor muscle training — Regular daily exercises of the pelvic floor muscles .May be done with or without Biofeedback equipment and electrical stimulation, which help identify the right muscles to contract.
Don’t restrict fluid. Ask your doctor how much fluid you need daily. If you don’t drink enough, your urine becomes concentrated and can irritate the lining of your bladder. This increases the urge to urinate.
In a minority of people, anal plugs may be useful for either standalone therapy or in concert with other treatments. Anal plugs (sometimes termed tampons) aim to block involuntary loss of fecal material, and they vary in design and composition. Polyurethane plugs were reported to perform better than those made of polyvinyl-alcohol. Plugs less likely to help those with frequent bowel movements, and many find them difficult to tolerate.
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Go to the toilet only when you need to. Some people get into the habit of going to the toilet more often than they need. They may go when their bladder only has a small amount of urine so as ‘not to be caught short’. This again may sound sensible, as some people think that symptoms of an overactive bladder will not develop if the bladder does not fill very much and is emptied regularly. However, again, this can make symptoms worse in the long run. If you go to the toilet too often the bladder becomes used to holding less urine. The bladder may then become even more sensitive and overactive at times when it is stretched a little. So, you may find that when you need to hold on a bit longer (for example, if you go out), symptoms are worse than ever.
Symptoms of OAB in children can be similar to those of a grown up, but it can be more disruptive for little ones. Since the condition may tentatively cause daytime accidents in school, it may impact your child’s emotional and social well-being.
Overfilling of the bladder can occur if the outlet from the bladder is obstructed so urine backs up in the bladder or if the bladder muscle does not work so urine is not completely expelled from the bladder during urination. People with overflow incontinence may feel like the bladder does not empty completely, their urine flows out slowly, and/or that urine dribbles out after voiding. Symptoms of overflow incontinence may be similar to those of mixed incontinence. A small amount of urine may be lost when intra-abdominal pressure is increased. There may be symptoms of frequency and urgency as the detrusor muscle attempts to expel urine.
In January 2009, oxybutynin chloride gel (Gelnique) received FDA approval to treat overactive bladder. This gel is applied once daily to the skin of the thigh, abdomen, or shoulder and delivers a consistent dose of oxybutynin through the skin for 24 hours. Side effects of Gelnique include adverse skin reactions, dry mouth, and urinary tract infection (UTI).
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Herbison P, Hay-Smith J, Ellis G, Moore K. Effectiveness of anticholinergic drugs compared with placebo in the treatment of overactive bladder: systematic review. BMJ. 2003 Apr 19. 326(7394):841-4. [Medline]. [Full Text].
Urinary frequency describes the need to urinate an abnormally high amount of times throughout the day and night. Urinating eight or more times daily without excessive fluid intake may be a sign of urinary frequency and OAB.
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When the urethra is hypermobile, pressure transmission to the walls of the urethra may be diminished as it descends and rotates under the pubic bone. Intraurethral pressure falls below bladder pressure, resulting in urine loss.
5-alpha reductase inhibitors. Finasteride (Proscar) and dutasteride (Avodart) block the production of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone, which accumulates in the prostate and may cause prostate growth. These medications may help to relieve urgency incontinence problems by shrinking an enlarged prostate.
Overflow incontinence happens when the bladder doesn’t empty properly, causing it to spill over. Your doctor can check for this problem. Weak bladder muscles or a blocked urethra can cause this type of incontinence. Nerve damage from diabetes or other diseases can lead to weak bladder muscles; tumors and urinary stones can block the urethra. Overflow incontinence is rare in women.
Urinary incontinence is a common problem, affecting women more commonly than men. Stress incontinence and urge incontinence are the most common types of incontinence. Many people are embarrassed by the problem but, importantly, incontinence is often treatable so you should see your GP for help.
A study by Foley et al looked at the connection between urinary symptoms, poor quality of life, and physical limitations and falls among elderly individuals. These authors found that urinary incontinence and falling had an impact on quality of life and were, in fact, associated with physical limitations. 
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