Kidney and urinary tract problems

Overactive bladder

About Overactive bladder

Overactive bladder is a condition in which the bladder squeezes urine out at the wrong time. You may have overactive bladder if you have two or more of these symptoms:You urinate eight or more times a day or two or more times at nightYou have the sudden, strong need to urinate immediatelyYou leak urine after a sudden, strong urge to urinateYou also may have incontinence, a loss of bladder control. Nerve problems, too much fluid, or too much caffeine can cause it. Often the cause is unknown.Your doctor may prescribe a medicine that can calm muscles and nerves. The medicine may come as a pill, a liquid, or a patch. The medicines can cause your eyes to become dry. They can also cause dry mouth and constipation. To deal with these effects, use eye drops to keep your eyes moist, chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy if dry mouth bothers you, and take small sips of water throughout the day.NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

All Medications for Overactive bladder

  • Toviaz
    (fesoterodine)
    Prescription only

    Toviaz (fesoterodine) is a good treatment for overactive bladder, especially when exercises and other methods to control it haven't worked.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Extended release
  • Enablex
    (darifenacin)
    Prescription only

    Enablex (darifenacin) is a good treatment for overactive bladder if exercises and other methods haven't worked.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Detrol
    (tolterodine)
    Prescription only

    Detrol (tolterodine) is a good treatment for overactive bladder after exercises and other methods to control it haven't worked.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Botox
    (onabotulinumtoxinA)
    Prescription only

    Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a prescription medicine that's good at treating many conditions, but it has potentially dangerous side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Vesicare
    (solifenacin)
    Prescription only

    Vesicare (solifenacin) is a good choice for treatment of overactive bladder if exercises and other behavioral methods haven't worked.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Myrbetriq
    (mirabegron)
    Prescription only

    Myrbetriq (mirabegron) is a good treatment for overactive bladder with the least chance for dry mouth and constipation, but talk to your doctor if you have high blood pressure.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Extended release
  • Ditropan
    (oxybutynin)
    Prescription or OTC

    Ditropan (oxybutynin) is good treatment for overactive bladder, but has more side-effects like dry mouth and constipation than other medicines that work similarly.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended-release pill
    • Liquid
    • Patch
    • Gel
  • Sanctura
    (trospium)
    Prescription only

    Sanctura (trospium) is a good treatment for overactive bladder after exercises when other methods to control it haven't worked.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release

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