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Incontinence Medication: Less is More

Managing Male Urinary Incontinence with Medications

As the baby boomer generation enters their senior years, the number of cases of male urinary incontinence is beginning to grow. In fact, urinary incontinence can affect nearly one in ten people over the age of 65.

As the cases of incontinence in the older generation have become more numerous, new medications to help treat the symptoms have begun to enter the market. Incontinence medication is usually prescribed for urge or only after behavior therapies or pelvic floor exercises have not been successful.

A few of the common incontinence medications on the market today include:

  • Anticholinergics: These medications block the action of acetylcholine, which send signals to your brain that trigger abnormal bladder contractions that make you feel the need to urinate even when you don’t need to.
  • Duloxetine: This drug is also used for the treatment of depression under the brand name Cymbalta. It increases levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, which can strengthen the urinary sphincter muscles.
  • Imipramine: A tricyclic antidepressant, this incontinence medication helps by making the bladder muscles relax and can be used to treat a combination of urge and stress incontinence.
  • Botox injections: Botox injected into the bladder muscle also blocks acetylcholine actions and paralyzes the bladder muscle. Injections may be repeated once or twice per year.

The Elderly and Incontinence Medication

While having incontinence medication options available can offer another way to manage your symptoms, for the elderly, adding one more medication to a long daily list can cause some complications. Today’s seniors are living longer with different types of chronic conditions, relying on a wide variety of medications to help them stay healthy. Properly managing all their medications can become a chore; it’s not uncommon for a senior to take upwards of 10 different pills and essential vitamins every day.

Taking so many medications at once can not only be difficult to manage, but it can also lead to dangerous drug interactions, overmedication and serious side effects. It’s vital that if you’re considering taking an incontinence medication for your symptoms you should discuss your options with your doctor first.

Men’s Liberty – An Alternative to a Typical External Catheter

Eliminate the need for additional, possibly costly medications by using Men’s Liberty to manage your urinary incontinence. Our alternative to a typical external catheter offers a solution that is discreet and comfortable while allowing you to maintain your independence.

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