Urinary Incontinence in Men
Although some types of long-term (chronic) incontinence may be treated with medicine, the likelihood that medicines will improve your incontinence depends on the severity and cause of the problem. Some medicines that are used to treat incontinence may actually make the condition worse in men whose incontinence is caused by an enlarged prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). So consulting with a urologist is an important part of incontinence care.
- For Reference overflow incontinence: If your overflow incontinence is caused by an enlarged prostate, medicines to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia may be prescribed. But these medicines do not always improve incontinence. For more information, see the topic Reference Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
Reference urge incontinence:
- Reference Anticholinergic and antispasmodic medicines such as oxybutynin and tolterodine calm the nerves that control bladder muscles and increase bladder capacity. Taking an Reference alpha-blocker medicine Opens New Window with an anticholinergic may help with symptoms of urge incontinence and overactive bladder better than either medicine alone.Reference 1, Reference 2
- Reference Imipramine is a tricyclic antidepressant, which is usually used to treat depression but may also be used to treat urge incontinence. Imipramine causes the bladder muscle to relax while causing the muscles at the bladder neck to contract.
- Reference Duloxetine is a kind of antidepressant called a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). It changes how the brain uses certain brain chemicals. How it helps with bladder control is not yet known.
- Reference Botulinum toxin (Botox) Opens New Window. Botox may be used in people with nervous system diseases or problems (such as multiple sclerosis or a spinal cord injury) to stop bladder contractions that cause severe urge incontinence. But Botox will only be considered if other treatments haven't worked. Botox can cause serious side effects, including not being able to urinate at all.
Anticholinergic and tricyclic medicines may also be used to treat Reference stress incontinence Opens New Window, especially if you have both stress and urge incontinence.
What to think about
For men with stress incontinence or urge incontinence, Reference behavioral methods of treatment such as bladder training techniques are used in combination with medicine.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 17, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology