Drug Therapy for Urge Incontinence

Drug Therapy for Urge Incontinence Can Alleviate Bothersome Symptoms

Multiple medications are available for the treatment of urge incontinence. Dr. J. Kyle Mathews explains that the most commonly prescribed medications work by inhibiting the bladder muscle from contracting.

  • Detrol
  • Ditropan XL
  • Oxytrol patch
  • Vesicare

While many women experience relief from urge incontinence symptoms, they also report side effects. Dr. Mathews suggests taking prescription medications at night, before bed, to lessen the impact of symptoms.

Side effects from urge incontinence medications* include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Blurred vision
  • Elevated heart rate

*These urge incontinence medications should not be used in patients with certain types of glaucoma.

Drug therapy  for urge incontinence associated with painful bladder syndrome, interstitial cystitis

In addition to Detrol, Ditropan XL, the Oxytrol patch, and Vesicare, drug therapy treatment for urge incontinence may include Elmiron, an FDA approved medication for women suffering from interstitial cystitis or IC.

Other medications that Dr. Mathews incorporates into the treatment for urge incontinence may include:

  • Tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline)
  • Anti-inflammatory agents (steroids)
  • Antihistamines
  • Antispasmodics (for bladder spasms)
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Bladder analgesics
  • Heparin
  • Bladder instillations with DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide)

Our friendly clinical care team is available to help you manage your medications for the treatment of urge incontinence. Contact us at Plano Urogynecology Associates to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Mathews. We specialize in gynecology and urology, and helping women lead full, active lifestyles.