Medications for Treating Overactive Bladder


Linda Wasmer Andrews

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Many people take medication to treat overactive bladder (OAB) with great success. But some put off seeing their doctor to get a prescription that might bring relief. And still others who start medication stop it without ever getting the full benefit. The more you know, the better able you’ll be to make smart choices about medication for OAB.

In a recent study, researchers asked more than 1,300 OAB patients who had stopped taking their medication about their reason for stopping. Nearly half said the medication didn’t help as much as they expected. In fact, while medication can often reduce urine leaks or extreme urges to urinate, it may not stop them completely. Side effects—such as dry mouth, constipation, and dry eyes—may also occur.

It’s not something people want to talk about, but overactive bladder is more common than you might think. Make sure you can separate fact from fiction.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015