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Drug Tied to Dementia Risk Overprescribed to Seniors: Study

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 – A drug linked to a raised risk of dementia is taken by millions of older Americans who have an overactive bladder, researchers say. More than one-quarter of patients with the urinary problem had been prescribed the drug oxybutynin (Ditropan), an international team of investigators found. Yet, "oxybutynin is a particularly poor drug for overactive bladder in elderly patients," said study lead author Dr. Daniel Pucheril, a urologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Prior studies have linked the drug to thinking problems and increased risk of dementia in older people, possibly because of the way it affects brain chemicals, he said. "It's a great and effective drug for younger patients, but is a risky drug for older patients," Pucheril said. It boosts dementia risk even when not taken indefinitely, he said. Alternatives exist but they're more expensive and may ... Read more

Related support groups: Dementia, Overactive Bladder, Urinary Incontinence, Alzheimer's Disease, Oxybutynin, Ditropan, Oxytrol, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Gelnique, Ditropan XL, Urotrol, Lewy Body Dementia, Anturol

Curbing Sleep Apnea Might Mean Fewer Night Trips to Bathroom

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 27, 2017 – Millions of Americans battle bothersome nighttime conditions, such as sleep apnea or the need to get up frequently to urinate. Now, new research suggests that treating the former condition with CPAP "mask" therapy might also help ease the latter. "This is the first study to show the true incidence of nocturia – peeing at night – in patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. It's also the first study to show the size of the effect of positive pressure mask treatment [CPAP] in patients with obstructive sleep apnea on their nocturia symptoms," said lead researcher Sajjad Rahnama'i, of Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands. Rahnama'i presented his team's findings Sunday at the European Association of Urology (EAU) annual meeting in London. One U.S. apnea expert who reviewed the new findings said apnea and nighttime overactive bladder ... Read more

Related support groups: Overactive Bladder, Urinary Incontinence, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Primary Nocturnal Enuresis

Less Salt, Fewer Nighttime Bathroom Trips?

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 26, 2017 – Lowering your salt intake could mean fewer trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night, a new study suggests. Most people over age 60, and many even younger, wake up to pee one or more times a night. This is called nocturia. This interruption of sleep can lead to problems such as stress, irritability or tiredness, which can affect quality of life. There are several possible causes of nocturia, including – as this study found – the amount of salt in your diet. "This is the first study to measure how salt intake affects the frequency of going to the bathroom, so we need to confirm the work with larger studies," said study leader Tomohiro Matsuo, from Nagasaki University in Japan. "Nighttime urination is a real problem for many people, especially as they get older. This work holds out the possibility that a simply dietary modification might significantly ... Read more

Related support groups: Overactive Bladder, Urinary Incontinence, Primary Nocturnal Enuresis

Noctiva Approved for Frequent Urination at Night

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Noctiva nasal spray has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat frequent urination at night due to excess urine production. Norturia, the medical term for getting up at night to urinate, can be caused by factors such as congestive heart failure, diabetes, certain medications or diseases of the bladder or prostate, the agency said in a news release. Noctiva (desmopressin acetate) is approved for adults with nocturnal polyuria, an overproduction of urine at night. Noctiva is the first drug approved to treat the condition in the United States, the FDA added. Before prescribing Noctiva, health care providers should confirm overproduction of urine at night by collecting a 24-hour urine sample, the FDA recommended. They should also make sure a person's habits, such as excessive consumption of fluids, may not be contributing to the problem. ... Read more

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New Nasal Spray, Noctiva, Reduces Nighttime Urination

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

A nasal spray formulation of desmopressin acetate, effective at reducing the number of times adults have to urinate during the night, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Noctiva (desmopressin acetate) is a nasal spray for adults who make at least two nighttime trips to the bathroom due to causes such as certain medications, chronic heart failure, poorly controlled diabetes, and bladder and prostate problems, the Associated Press reported. The spray, used about 30 minutes before bedtime each night, helps the kidneys absorb more water in order to reduce the amount of urine. Noctiva carries a black box warning – the FDA's strongest – about the risk of dangerously low levels of sodium in the blood. Other possible side effects include colds, bronchitis, a rise in blood pressure, dizziness, back pain and nose bleeds, the AP reported. The drug was developed by ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Heart Failure, Overactive Bladder, Congestive Heart Failure, Urinary Incontinence, Pre-Diabetes, Prostatitis, Left Ventricular Dysfunction, Diabetes Mellitus, Noctiva, Prostate Tumor - Benign

Staying Trim, Strong May Cut Risk of Urinary Incontinence

Posted 31 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 30, 2016 – Urinary incontinence is a widespread complaint among women, but a new study suggests that older women may find relief from this frustrating problem if they're slimmer and stronger. The study followed nearly 1,500 women in their 70s for three years. Researchers found that a decrease in body mass index of 5 percent or more during that time led to a 50 percent reduction in the risk of new or persistent stress urinary incontinence. Body mass index (BMI) is a rough estimate of a person's body fat based on height and weight. For example, a woman who's 5 feet 6 inches tall who weighs 175 pounds has a BMI of 28.2. If she lost 5 percent of her BMI, it would be 26.8, which translates to a weight loss of about 9 pounds. The study also showed that a decrease in grip strength of 5 percent or more was linked to 60 percent higher odds of new or persistent stress urinary ... Read more

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Botox Beats Implant for Urinary Urgency Incontinence in Women

Posted 4 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 – For women with bladder incontinence who haven't been helped by medications or other therapies, Botox injections may help control leakage better than an implanted nerve stimulation device, a new study suggests. However, both treatments are effective, according to doctors who treat the condition. In a head-to-head comparison, women given Botox saw their number of daily urgency incontinent episodes decrease by four, on average, compared to three for women who received the implant, called InterStim. Botox patients also said they had a greater reduction in symptoms and were more satisfied with the treatment, the researchers said. "Many women suffer from urgency incontinence and find inadequate relief of their problem from medications or behavioral changes," said lead researcher Dr. Cindy Amundsen. She's a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University in ... Read more

Related support groups: Overactive Bladder, Urinary Incontinence, Botox, Onabotulinumtoxina, Botox Cosmetic

New Prostate Technique May Help Men's Nighttime Urination

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 – Waking often in the night to urinate is a common problem among men who have an enlarged prostate, but an innovative new treatment has shown some promise in easing the problem, researchers are reporting. The procedure, called prostatic artery embolization (PAE), involves placing microscopic spheres in the arteries that supply blood to the prostate gland to partially block the blood flow. Reducing blood flow to the prostate causes the gland to soften and shrink, said lead researcher Dr. Sandeep Bagla, an interventional radiologist at the Vascular Institute of Virginia, in Woodbridge. In their new study, Bagla and his colleagues show that PAE improves symptoms in men suffering from nocturia – waking up repeatedly during the night to urinate. "Their urinary symptoms bothered them considerably less, and their quality of life also showed marked improvement," Bagla ... Read more

Related support groups: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Overactive Bladder, Urinary Incontinence, Prostatitis, Urinary Retention, Primary Nocturnal Enuresis, Prostate Tumor - Benign

Urinary Incontinence Risk Rises Slightly After Vaginal Birth, Study Finds

Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 – Women who give birth vaginally are slightly more likely to develop urinary incontinence afterward compared to women who have cesarean sections, according to Finnish researchers. However, experts in the United States stressed that C-section deliveries come with their own risks, so the choice of how to deliver a child must be made between a woman and her doctor. Urinary incontinence is a common problem among women, affecting hundreds of millions worldwide. It's known that aging, obesity and childbirth increase the risk, but the long-term effects of the type of childbirth have been unclear. In its review, the Finnish team looked at data from 16 studies. The investigators found that vaginal delivery was associated with an 8 percent increased risk that the woman would later develop stress urinary incontinence, which was nearly two times higher than with cesarean ... Read more

Related support groups: Overactive Bladder, Urinary Incontinence, Delivery, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Yoga May Boost Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Patients

Posted 20 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 – Yoga may benefit men who are undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer, according to a small study. Many such patients experience side effects, including fatigue, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and a decline in their quality of life, the researchers said. The new study included 27 men who attended 75-minute yoga classes twice a week. These patients saw their quality of life and side effects remain stable throughout their radiation treatment. "Data have consistently shown declines in these important measures among prostate cancer patients undergoing cancer therapy without any structured fitness interventions, so the stable scores seen with our yoga program are really good news," Dr. Neha Vapiwala, an associate professor in the radiation oncology department of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, said in a ... Read more

Related support groups: Erectile Dysfunction, Prostate Cancer, Overactive Bladder, Urinary Incontinence, History - Radiation Therapy

Health Tip: What May Cause Urinary Incontinence

Posted 17 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

-- The inability to fully control the bladder, a condition known as urinary incontinence, has many potential causes and treatments. The Womenshealth.gov website says possible causes include: Weakening of the pelvic muscles due to pregnancy or childbirth. Lower levels of estrogen during menopause. Chronic constipation. Side effects from medication, such as diuretics or hormone replacement therapy. Alcohol or caffeine. Being overweight. Nerve damage. Read more

Related support groups: Overactive Bladder, Urinary Incontinence, Urinary Alkalinization

Dangers of Vaginal Mesh Surgery for Incontinence May Be Overstated: Study

Posted 9 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 – Surgical mesh appears to be relatively safe for treating urinary incontinence in women, despite concerns raised by U.S. regulators, a new report contends. Only one out of every 30 women who receive a synthetic vaginal mesh sling to treat stress incontinence will suffer a complication that requires a second surgery, according to a decade-long follow-up study of nearly 60,000 Canadian women. "If a person has a sling in, 97 percent of them will do just fine and will have a good outcome potentially up to 10 years, in terms of their risk for future surgery," said study author Dr. Blayne Welk, an assistant professor of urology at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry in Ontario. The researchers also found that women can greatly reduce their risk of complications by choosing a surgeon who performs these mesh implants on a regular basis. "You ... Read more

Related support groups: Overactive Bladder, Urinary Incontinence, Genitourinary Surgical and Other Conditions

Botox Eases Overactive Bladder, Two Studies Find

Posted 15 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 – Although Botox has long been used to smooth aging skin, new research finds that the muscle relaxant is also a useful treatment for urinary incontinence. With the condition, an overactive bladder contracts too often or without warning, leading to the constant urge to urinate and/or bladder leakage. But two studies, slated to be presented Friday at the American Urological Association annual meeting in New Orleans, offer evidence that injecting Botox directly into the bladder muscle may be an effective and safe way to treat the problem. "The bottom-line gist is that we found that Botox has a good, long-lasting, safe and consistent effect over time among patients who do initially respond well to it and choose to continue treatment," said Dr. Victor Nitti, vice chair of the department of urology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Nitti, who is also ... Read more

Related support groups: Overactive Bladder, Botox, Onabotulinumtoxina, Botox Cosmetic

Overactive Bladder a Common Problem, FDA Says

Posted 19 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 – More than 33 million Americans suffer from overactive bladder, including 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. There are numerous approved treatments for the condition, but many people don't seek help because they're embarrassed or don't know about therapy options, according to an agency news release. In people with overactive bladder, the bladder muscle squeezes too often or squeezes without warning. This can cause symptoms such as: the need to urinate too often (eight or more times a day, or two or more times a night); the need to urinate immediately; or accidental leakage of urine. Treatments for overactive bladder include oral medications, skin patches or gel, and bladder injections. "There are many treatment options for patients with overactive bladder. Not every drug is right for every patient," Dr. Olivia ... Read more

Related support groups: Overactive Bladder, Urinary Incontinence, Oxybutynin, Botox, VESIcare, Myrbetriq, Ditropan, Enablex, Oxytrol, Detrol, Sanctura, Detrol LA, Mirabegron, Solifenacin, Trospium, Gelnique, Tolterodine, Sanctura XR, Ditropan XL, Onabotulinumtoxina

Drug for Bladder Problems May Help Control Weight, Too

Posted 7 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 – A drug already used to treat overactive bladder may also someday help control weight by boosting the metabolic powers of brown fat, a small study suggests. While white fat stores energy, brown fat burns energy to generate body heat. In the process, it can help maintain body weight and prevent obesity, at least in animals, previous studies have shown. In the new study, researchers gave 12 healthy, lean young men a high dose of the drug mirabegron (Myrbetriq), and found that it boosted their metabolic rate. The drug "activates the brown fat cells to burn calories and generate heat," said study researcher Dr. Aaron Cypess. He is section head of translational physiology at the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. When the activity of the drug peaked, "the metabolic rate went up by 13 percent on average," Cypess said. That translates ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Overactive Bladder, Myrbetriq, Mirabegron

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