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Dr. Warren Foster
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Urinary (Definition)

Any subject, be it anatomy, physiology, or object pertaining to urine. For example: urinary tract (anatomy), urinary catheter (object), ...Read more


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Are there any antidepressants that cause urinary retention?

Yes: Antidepressants which cause norepinephrine reuptake inhibition can cause urinary retention in some pts: these include the tricyclic antidepressants (ex. Nortriptyline, imipramine, et al.); and snri's (effexor, Cymbalta (duloxetine) and pristiq). ...Read more

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Which antidepressants are less likely to cause urinary retention?

Which antidepressants are less likely to  cause urinary retention?

Avoid tricyclics: The older cyclics with their stronger anticholinergic side effects tend to be more problematic in this regard while SSRIs are less likely to cause urinary retention. Medications should be based both on presenting psychiatric symptoms and medical considerations. Your personal physician, who knows your history, can best guide you in selecting a medication that is best for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What antidepressants cause urinary retention? I have stress incontinence.

What antidepressants cause urinary retention? I have stress incontinence.

Incontinence: Any antidepressants that exhibit blocking properties of the peripheral nervous system can impact the organs attached to them especially the tricyclics antidepressannts such as elavil (amitriptyline). The other such notriptylline and imipramine. An ekg is always good to have since these antidepressants can impact the rate and rhymin of the heart. There are newer agents for your conditiom. ...Read more

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What causes urinary retention in young men?

What causes urinary retention in young men?

Various causes: Often, this occurs after pelvic surgery (hernia or hemorrhoid, for example). Less often, spinal or nerve dysfunction. ...Read more

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What could cause pain in abdomen and urinary retention?

What could cause pain in abdomen and urinary retention?

Many things: If you are having these concerns you should see a provider and get a urine test at least. These are not normal symptoms. ...Read more

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Does l/5-s/1 nerve impingement cause urinary retention ?

Does l/5-s/1 nerve impingement cause urinary retention ?

Yes: The nerves from those levels of the spinal cord do control the bladders function. ...Read more

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Can percocet cause more or less urinary retention then tramadol?

Can percocet cause more or less urinary retention then tramadol?

Variable: It can happen with both, the "real" answer is which does it more to you. In general, Percocet is worse. ...Read more

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What medication can cause urinary retention (difficulty peeing) as a side effect?

What medication can cause urinary retention (difficulty peeing) as a side effect?

Many types: There are many types of medications that can potentiate retention. The most common are decongestants such as Sudafed, which can increase urinary sphincter tone. Antihistamines, taken for allergies, may cause less bladder contractility. Anticholinergic preparations, taken for overactive bladder symptoms (urgency/frequency) can also make it more difficult to empty the bladder. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Michaels
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