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Do Antidepressants Sometimes 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
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
Yes: The nerves from those levels of the spinal cord do control the bladders function. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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