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What medications are available to treat urinary incontinence?

What medications are available to treat urinary incontinence?

Many: For urge incontinence, medications known as anticholinergics are (pills, skin patch or skin gel)are used. Botox (injected into the bladder) is newly fda approved to treat neurogenic urge incontinence (off -label for other urge incontinence). A type of antidepressant known as tricyclic can help urge incontinence. Duloxtine, an antidepressant, can improve symptoms of stress incontinence. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Beard
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Incontinence (Definition)

Incontinence denotes involuntary leaks of body wastes from urethra or anus; that from urethra is urinary incontinence, which may be classified as stress, urge, mixed (stress + urge), total, & overflow urinary incontinence, signifying its timing & specifics; that from anus is fecal incontinence, which may be urge, stress, total, etc. reflecting the ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of urinary incontinence in males?

What are the symptoms of urinary incontinence in males?

Pain & Frequency: Pain with urination and urinary frequency are the most common symptoms. Utis are uncommon in males, so this should be discussed with his doctor. Also, recurrence may indicate an anatomical problem and would need a work up. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have urinary incontinence?

How do I know if I have urinary incontinence?

Leaking: If you are leaking urine....then you are incontinent.
Sometimes it can be hard to tell if it is urine or a heavy vaginal discharge. You can try a pad test. Get AZO over the counter. It turns urine orange ( it will also stain other bodily fluids but not as much as urine). Wear a pad. Look at the pattern of orange staining on the pad. If bright orange then most likely urine. ...Read more

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What exactly causes urinary incontinence?

What exactly causes urinary incontinence?

Many factors: Much of incontinence is related to genetic factors. Other common factors include: weak ligaments & muscles due to pregnancy and childbirth, bladder spasms, urinary tract infection, neurologic damage (spinal cord injury, stroke, ms), diabetes, chronic cough chronic heavy lifting, chronic constipation and obesity. ...Read more

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What does stress urinary incontinence mean?

Physical stress: The term "stress" incontinence has nothing to do with emotional stress but instead means physical stress in the abdomen which increases bladder pressures and causes sudden episodes of leakage. Typical examples are leak with cough, sneeze, jump, lifting, or even getting up out of a chair. ...Read more

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How is urinary incontinence fully treated?

How is urinary incontinence fully treated?

Depends: Depends on the cause and type of incontinence. I recommend further evaluation by urologist, urogynecologist, gynecologist or primary physician. There are many non surgical and surgical options. In addition can consider pelvic physical therapy. Once again, this all depends on type and cause of incontinence and it should be evaluated further.
www.voicesforpfd.org ...Read more

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Which is the best medical center for treating urinary incontinence in texas?

Which is the best medical center for treating urinary incontinence in texas?

Depends: All the cities have specialists in urology and urogynecology that can help treat your condition. Is it stress, urge, neurogenic, mixed incontinence. Stress in continence can be treated with bladder training or with surgical therapy. Urge incontinence can also be treated with biofeedback or medications . I would put our san antonio providers up against any in the country or elsewhere in texas. ...Read more

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How long will urinary incontinence last after treatment?

How long will urinary incontinence last after treatment?

Depends: Overactive bladder (oab): medication can take about 4 weeks, physical therapy 4-12 weeks, neuromodulation 6-12 wks.
Stress incontinence (sui): pelvic muscle exercise-2-3 mo's, meds 4-6 weeks, midurethral sling (outpatient surgery) - immediate results. ...Read more

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Which are good treatments for urinary incontinence?

Stress incontinence: While many procedures and devices have come along for stress incontinence (i have tried them all as a urologist) the gold standard remains the mid-urethral sling. Peri-urethral bulking agents may help some temporarily. Renessa and other gimmicks done in the office have failed miserably for most women. This is a years old device being re-introduced to a new generation of doctors. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for urinary incontinence?

Is there a cure for urinary incontinence?

Usually: Begin with kegel exercises to strengthen muscles that close urethra. Some women leak because of poorly supported urethra after having babies, which can be fixed with a urethral sling as an outpatient 10 minute procedure with minimal downtime. Others need medication for over active bladder.

While it's embarrassing don't acquiesce to suffer in silence, ask for help. ...Read more

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What can be used to prevent urinary incontinence?

Kegels: Kegel exercises which contract the muscles used to start and stop the urine stream increase the strength of the pelvic floor muscles which support the bladder. This helps prevent the most common type of incontinence where control is lost with an increase in abdominal pressure (such as with a cough or sneeze) called stress incontinence. ...Read more

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What drugs can cause urinary incontinence?

Many: Some high blood pressure medications (eg hytrin) affect urethral tone and cause incontinence. Diurectics cause the bladder to fill quickly & can aggravate incontinence (but should not be stopped w/o dr's ok). Muscle relaxants can aggravate incontinence. And certain medications such as for myasthenia gravis can affect bladder function. Any drug that worsens constipation can worsen bladder function. ...Read more

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Is there a pill I can take for stress urinary incontinence?

Maybe: There are a number of medications on the market for overactive bladder and urge incontinence. There is no fda approved medication currently for stress urinary incontinence (sui). There are several medications that can be used with variable success. Typically the best treatments for sui are procedure based. ...Read more

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What are the risks of urinary incontinence surgeries?

Also depends: Risk of any surgery depends on age and other health conditions. Older and more health issues, higher the risk of heart attack, stroke and even death.
With incontinence surgery, specifically, injury to bladder, ureter, bowel and blood vessels. Infection, blood transfusion, though rare. Urine retention, "can't pee".
These are a few, the consent form is a full page, small print. ...Read more

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What is urinary incontinence?

Urine leak: Urinary incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine.
There are many forms. It can be a drop or a spurt of urine loss with physical activity, such as cough, jump, lift or even getting up out of chair= stress incontinence.
Getting an urge to urinate and leaking before you get to the toilet is known as urge incontinence, a form of overactive bladder (oab). ...Read more

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How can I stop urinary incontinence?

How can I stop urinary incontinence?

See a gynecologist: Urinary incontinence is very common and there are many treatments available. The treatment depends on the cause of the leaking. Newer treatment available over the last few years are highly successful. Your gynecologist can do the necessary testing or refer you to someone who can more completely evaluate your symptoms. ...Read more

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What exactly causes urinary incontinence?

Many factors: Much of incontinence is related to genetic factors. Other common factors include: weak ligaments & muscles due to pregnancy and childbirth, bladder spasms, urinary tract infection, neurologic damage (spinal cord injury, stroke, ms), diabetes, chronic cough chronic heavy lifting, chronic constipation and obesity. ...Read more

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How is urinary incontinence fully treated?

Depends: Depends on the cause and type of incontinence. I recommend further evaluation by urologist, urogynecologist, gynecologist or primary physician. There are many non surgical and surgical options. In addition can consider pelvic physical therapy. Once again, this all depends on type and cause of incontinence and it should be evaluated further.
www.voicesforpfd.org ...Read more

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What drugs can cause urinary incontinence?

Many: Some high blood pressure medications (eg hytrin) affect urethral tone and cause incontinence. Diurectics cause the bladder to fill quickly & can aggravate incontinence (but should not be stopped w/o dr's ok). Muscle relaxants can aggravate incontinence. And certain medications such as for myasthenia gravis can affect bladder function. Any drug that worsens constipation can worsen bladder function. ...Read more

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Can urinary incontinence be totally cured?

Can urinary incontinence be totally cured?

Depends: Incontinence is a symptom. Finding a "cure" means idenfying the problem and correcting the problem. The problem could be a medication or dietary irritant causing urgency and incontinence associated with it. Or the problem could be a nerve problem related to back surgery. So the cure is really based on what the problem is and identification of the problem is often times the challenging part. ...Read more

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How to know if I have urinary incontinence?

How to know if I have urinary incontinence?

Leaking Urine: Incontinence is the leakage of urine. Sometimes one can't tell the difference between sweat, urine, or vaginal discharge. An easy test is to use over the counter AZO that dyes urine orange. Take for 24 hours and evaluate pads. Though vaginal secretions can stain orange, urine will be a more distinct orange color. Consider discussing further with primary doctor, OB/gyn,urogyn. or urologist ...Read more

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What can I do to solve urinary incontinence?

Type matters: If you have urge incontinence (leakage with the "gotta-go" feeling), then treatments include bladder training with diet modifications, medications, Botox injections into the bladder wall, or implanted neuromodulating devices. If you have stress incontinence (leakage with cough, lifting, exercise, laughing, etc), then treatments include kegel exercises, vaginal pessaries, or surgery. ...Read more

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How do you treat urinary incontinence in men?

How do you treat urinary incontinence in men?

Depends on cause: Urinary incontinence in men can result from different things. For instance, some men have leakage due to urinary retention leading to "overflow" incontience. Others may have overactive bladders causing urge incontience. Still others may have leakage results from surgery. Only a healthcare provider can help you determine what type of incontinence you have and how best to treat it. ...Read more

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Can children experience urinary incontinence?

Can children experience urinary incontinence?

Yes: Children can experience urge incontinence, this may be a condition they're born with, or related to UTI (bladder infection) and is often associated with constipation. Children, esp heavy sleepers can experience incontinence at night or bedwetting.
Athletic preteens and teens often experience incontinence with high impact sports- esp gymnastics, basketball and track. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have urinary incontinence?

Leaking: If you are leaking urine....then you are incontinent.
Sometimes it can be hard to tell if it is urine or a heavy vaginal discharge. You can try a pad test. Get AZO over the counter. It turns urine orange ( it will also stain other bodily fluids but not as much as urine). Wear a pad. Look at the pattern of orange staining on the pad. If bright orange then most likely urine. ...Read more

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What exactly is urinary incontinence in women?

Urine leakage: Urinary incontinence (ui) is the unintended loss of urine or urine leakage. The most common types of ui in women are stress (sui) and urge incontinence (uui). Sui is leakage associated w/ physical stress on the bladder, such as cough, sneeze, jump, lifting & causes are weak ligaments and muscles around the bladder opening. Uui occurs with an urge & leakage starts before one is seated on toilet. ...Read more

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How common is urinary incontinence in teenanger?

Incontinence: It should not happen normally. Some teenagers tend to hold their urine too long and may have occasional accidents.. If this is a continuing problem the child should be evaluated. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Pess
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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


Dr. Hugo Ribot
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Loss Of Bladder Control (Definition)

Is any involuntary leakage of urine. There are a few types of urine incontinence and your physician can ...Read more


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