Mental health disorders

Bedwetting

(Nocturnal enuresis)

About Bedwetting

Many children wet the bed until they are 5 or even older. A child's bladder might be too small. Or the amount of urine produced overnight can be more than the bladder can hold. Some children sleep too deeply or take longer to learn bladder control. Children should not be punished for wetting the bed. They don't do it on purpose, and most outgrow it. Until then, bed-wetting alarms, bladder training and medicines might help.

All Medications for Bedwetting

  • Tofranil
    (imipramine hydrochloride)
    Prescription only

    Tofranil (imipramine hydrochloride) is one of the first choice medicines used to treat depression, but it can cause weight gain and sleepiness.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • DDAVP
    (desmopressin)
    Prescription only

    DDAVP (desmopressin) can treat several conditions and comes in different forms. Be sure to take DDAVP (desmopressin) the way your doctor tells you to.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Nasal spray
    • Injection
  • Pamelor
    (nortriptyline)
    Prescription only

    Pamelor (nortriptyline) is a good option for treating depression, especially for people who also have problems with persistent nerve pain, but may take 6 to 8 weeks to feel the full effects on your mood.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid

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