Anticholinergics and antispasmodics for urinary incontinence in men
|Generic Name||Brand Name|
|oxybutynin chloride||Ditropan, Ditropan XL, Oxytrol|
|tolterodine tartrate||Detrol, Detrol LA|
|trospium chloride||Sanctura, Sanctura XR|
How It Works
These medicines calm the nerves that control bladder muscles. They may prevent uncontrollable bladder contractions that force urine out of the bladder.
Why It Is Used
Antispasmodics and anticholinergics are used to control the symptoms of urge incontinence. These medicines may also be used to treat stress incontinence, especially if you have both stress and urge incontinence.
How Well It Works
These medicines can help men control urge incontinence. Typically, men who take these medicines can hold their urine for a longer time. And when they do have the urge to urinate, it is not as strong as it is without medicine.1
Side effects vary with some of these medicines and include:
- Dry mouth.
- Decreased sweating, skin rash.
- Nausea, constipation.
- Eye problems.
- Rapid heartbeat.
- Skin rash.
- Drowsiness, confusion.
- Urinary retention.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
If you have the eye disease glaucoma, it is important for you to talk with your ophthalmologist before you start taking anticholinergics. People who have glaucoma may need to be watched more closely while they are taking anticholinergic medicines.
Some of these medicines may cause you to sweat less. In hot weather, this could lead to heat exhaustion. Ask your doctor whether you should be careful about being physically active in hot conditions.
Last Updated: July 21, 2008