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What to Do If Your Overactive Bladder Medication Isn’t Working

Overactive BladderIf your doctor has prescribed medication for your overactive bladder, chances are good that you’ve either already stopped taking it or you will soon. As many as 78 percent of the patients who start these medications stop taking them within a year.

But medication is only one part of the treatment equation for overactive bladder. If your first (or even your fourth or fifth) medication isn’t working for you, there are still other treatments to explore.

Reasons people stop taking medication
Why do so many patients stop taking their medication for overactive bladder?

“There’s a combination of inefficacy and intolerability,” says urologist Courtenay Moore, MD.

Some patients find that they simply don’t yield the results they were hoping for. Others have trouble tolerating side effects, which include dry mouth, dry eyes and constipation.

Unfortunately, patients often don’t realize that there are several other options, Dr. Moore says.

3 other options for overactive bladder