At the Institute for Incontinence and Vaginal Reconstruction, we are dedicated to offering patients from all over the world the best urinary incontinence treatment. Our urologists diagnose, treat, and take preventive measures against the diseases and conditions that could affect the urinary and female reproductive system. Located in Beverly Hills, our expert urologists develop a highly personalized treatment plan for every patient based on their symptoms and diagnosis. We use the latest technology and stay focused on patient care.
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Urinary incontinence is when you are unable to control your bladder. Urinary incontinence is very common, mostly affecting women above the age of 50. Loss of bladder control can be caused by a variety of factors and therefore is broken into five incontinence types.
- Stress incontinence
- Urge incontinence
- Overflow incontinence
- Functional incontinence
- Mixed incontinence (a combination of two of the above causes)
Treatment can include non-surgical treatment, medications, or surgery. Here we are going to talk about different types of medications that can be used to treat your condition.
Medications for Treating Urinary Incontinence
Medications used for urinary incontinence are usually also combined with behavioral treatment. Usually after you have tried giving up certain drinks, tried timed bathroom visits, and pelvic floor exercises, if you are still having bladder control trouble, talking to your urologist about medication options could help. Effective medications are available for people with overactive bladder and urge incontinence. However there are fewer options for stress incontinence which is urine leakage prompted by a physical movement or activity, such as coughing, sneezing or heavy lifting.
The main types of medications that help urinary bladder leakage are:
These prescription medications calm an overactive bladder, so they may be helpful for urge incontinence. Anticholinergic drugs also block the action of a chemical messenger — acetylcholine that sends the signals that trigger these contractions.
Applying low-dose, topical estrogen in the form of a vaginal cream, ring or patch may help tone and rejuvenate tissues in the urethra and vaginal areas. This may reduce the symptoms of urine leakage. Oral estrogen replacement also is not the same as topical estrogen, and it may actually worsen incontinence symptoms.
Imipramine (Tofranil) is a tricyclic antidepressant treatment for mixed — urge and stress — incontinence. It makes the bladder muscle relax, while causing the smooth muscles at the bladder neck to contract. Usually this is best for children and not a good fit for older patients.
The antidepressant medication duloxetine (Cymbalta) is sometimes used to treat stress incontinence.
Learn more about the medications that help treat bladder control problems by visiting MayoClinic.com.
Treatments That Cause Bladder Leakage
If you have urinary incontinence or loss of bladder control, sometimes taking a look at what medications you are taking can help. A lot of medications have side effects that could cause urine leakage and could be contributing factors.
High Blood Pressure Medication
Alpha blockers work by dialating blood vessels to reduce blood pressure, can relax your muscles allowing urine to flow easier. Women taking an alpha blocker who are experiencing these conditions should also ask their doctor if there is an alternative medication available to treat their high blood pressure.
While some antidepressants like Tofranil can help with urinary incontinence, others can impair the bladder’s ability to contract. This could worsen bladder control loss since it would decrease your awareness of when you need to use the restroom.
Water pills and diuretics work in the kidney by flushing excess water and salt from the body. By doing this, you are making more urine which means more visits to the bathroom.
A small portion of people who have urinary incontinence actually have a problem with bedwetting. However, sleeping pills can be the cause of bedwetting at night because you simply don’t wake up. As an alternative cut down on caffeine and try not to drink liquids before you go to bed.
Speak With An Incontinence Specialist Today!
If you have concerns urinary incontinence or are looking for more information, schedule a consultation with one of our talented urologists in Beverly Hills today by calling 310.307.3552 or filling out an online contact form.
Next, read about non-surgical treatments for incontinence.