Drugs for incontinence


These drugs, including anticholinergics and smooth muscle relaxants, have a calming effect on the bladder. Not only do they have a relaxing effect on smooth muscle of the bladder, but they prevent contractions, or spasms of the bladder. They are effective but can cause many side effects, especially a dry mouth.

You can mitigate this effect by sucking on sugarless candy or chew sugarless gum. Other side effects, there are dizziness, constipation, blurred vision and drowsiness. People with some form of glaucoma can not use anticholinergics.


The antibiotics are working to cure underlying infection causing incontinence. It would, in general, a urinary tract infection or inflammation of the prostate. The type of antibiotic used depends on the bacteria causing the infection.

Hormone replacement therapy

The estrogen replacement therapy may be helpful to women who experience vaginal dryness due to an imbalance in estrogen caused by the onset of menopause. Your healthcare professional is the person who can best advise you on these products.

The men suffering from incontinence caused by benign prostatic hypertrophy (an enlarged prostate) may prescribe a drug designed specifically to treat this condition of the prostate. Desmopressin is an antidiuretic hormone that stops the production of urine during sleep. It can be prescribed to help prevent bedwetting and reduce the need to get up several times during the night to urinate.

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