Trospium, tolterodine, solifenacin, oxybutynin, mirebegron and darifenacin are used to treat an overactive bladder, according to Mayo Clinic. These drugs relax the bladder, relieving urinary urgency and helping people with overactive bladder to avoid leakage.Continue Reading
Dry eyes and dry mouth are two of the most common side effects of the drugs used to treat overactive bladder. As explained by MedlinePlus, these drugs may also cause headaches, constipation, flushing, dizziness and nausea. Oxybutynin is available as a patch that delivers the active ingredient, oxybutynin hydrochloride, across the skin. Experts from the Bowel & Bladder Foundation say that using the patch may reduce the side effects of the drug significantly. This is because the drug is absorbed directly into the bloodstream and does not have any contact with the stomach or liver.
If oral medications or patches do not work to control overactive bladder symptoms, a doctor may prescribe Botox injections. Injecting Botox, or OnabotulinumtoxinA, partially paralyzes the bladder muscles. These injections may help control overactive bladder for up to nine months, according to Mayo Clinic. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved Botox injections to treat overactive bladder in people who do not have neurological disease. These injections may not be appropriate for people who have chronic health issues.Learn more about Medications & Vitamins
An overactive bladder is treated with pelvic floor exercises, bladder retraining and prescription medications, according to the Better Health Channel. Polyps -which may be benign or cancerous- are treated through surgical removal or fulguration, which destroys them with electrical current, explains Reed Group medical advisors.Full Answer >
An overactive bladder may cause a sudden and uncontrollable urge to urinate, in some cases more than eight times per day, according to Mayo Clinic. Another symptom is urge incontinence, defined as involuntarily losing urine immediately following an urgent need to urinate.Full Answer >
Individuals with overactive bladder syndrome experience an involuntary loss of urine accompanied by sudden urges to urinate, urinate more than eight times within a 24-hour period and have difficulty controlling urges to urinate, according to Mayo Clinic. Patients with an overactive bladder typically wake several times throughout the night to urinate.Full Answer >
As of 2015, the medications doctors use to treat an inflamed bladder are pentosan polysulfate and dimethyl sulfoxide, according to University of California Los Angeles Urology. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved both drugs. Interstitial cystitis has no cure and does not respond to antibiotic treatment.Full Answer >