October 18, 2020

Are your medications causing urinary incontinence?

In theory, prescribing diuretics, muscle relaxants, antidepressant medications, and even nasal decongestants may promote urinary incontinence in some patients. The side effects of these drugs are usually temporary, but it is imperative to talk to your doctor about this problem, especially if you have urinary problems related to your prostate.

Diuretic drugs

It is easy to see why diuretics can promote urinary incontinence, their purpose being to increase the production of urine by your kidneys. By increasing the volume of your urine, diuretics promote urge incontinence, which is the feeling of an urgent urge to urinate.

Muscle relaxants drugs

Besides increasing your urine volume, muscle relaxants work on your pelvic muscles and relax the urethra. They also promote urge incontinence along with a sense of urgency to have to go to the bathroom as soon as possible.

Antidepressant médications

By acting on your nervous system, antidepressant treatments also present, among their side effects, urinary incontinence. Neuroleptics, anxiolytics, and opiates cause sedation, disinterest in using the toilet, or even retention of urine by distension of the bladder.

Nasal decongestants drugs

Over-the-counter nasal decongestants are also among the treatments for temporary urinary incontinence. Avoid or limit the way you use decongestants and antihistamines during colds and allergy flares, as they tighten the muscles that control your urine flow and can make urination more difficult or trigger stress incontinence when coughing, laughing, or performing physical effort.

When in doubt, talk to your doctor.


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Webinars that might interest you (in French only)
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Prostate et produits naturels de santé – Mai 2019

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