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Medications for Urinary Incontinence

Other names: Bladder, Weak; Incontinence; Weak Bladder

About Urinary Incontinence: 

Incontinence is the inability to control the passage of urine. This can range from an occasional leakage of urine, to a complete inability to hold any urine.

The three main types of urinary incontinence are:

Stress incontinence -- occurs during certain activities like coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise.

Stress incontinence is a bladder storage problem in which the strength of the muscles (urethral sphincter) that help control urination is reduced. The sphincter is not able to prevent urine flow when there is increased pressure from the abdomen.

Stress incontinence may occur as a result of weakened pelvic muscles that support the bladder and urethra or because of a malfunction of the urethral sphincter.

Treatment for stress incontinence may include behavioral changes, medication, pelvic floor muscle training or surgery.

Urge incontinence -- involves a strong, sudden need to urinate followed by instant bladder contraction and involuntary loss of urine. You don't have enough time between when you recognize the need to urinate and when you actually do urinate.

In most cases of urge incontinence, no specific cause can be identified.Although urge incontinence may occur in anyone at any age, it is more common in women and the elderly.

Treatment for urge incontinence may include medication, retraining, and surgery.

Mixed incontinence -- contains components of both stress and urge incontinence.

Drugs Used to Treat Urinary Incontinence

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
oxybutynin B N X 45 reviews
5.0

Generic name: oxybutynin systemic

Brand names:  Ditropan, Oxytrol, Ditropan XL, Gelnique …show all

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

VESIcare C N 33 reviews
7.0

Generic name: solifenacin systemic

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Myrbetriq C N 31 reviews
4.0

Generic name: mirabegron systemic

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Detrol LA C N X 5 reviews
7.0

Generic name: tolterodine systemic

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Ditropan B N X 6 reviews
5.0

Generic name: oxybutynin systemic

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Toviaz C N 7 reviews
7.0

Generic name: fesoterodine systemic

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Detrol C N X 2 reviews
5.0

Generic name: tolterodine systemic

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

tolterodine C N X 14 reviews
5.0

Generic name: tolterodine systemic

Brand names:  Detrol LA, Detrol

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Enablex C N 7 reviews
5.0

Generic name: darifenacin systemic

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Oxytrol B N X 13 reviews
8.0

Generic name: oxybutynin systemic

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Ditropan XL B N X Add review
4.0

Generic name: oxybutynin systemic

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

hyoscyamine C N X 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: hyoscyamine systemic

Brand names:  Levsin SL, Anaspaz, Levsin, Levbid, Hyosyne, A-Spaz, Colidrops, Ed-Spaz, HyoMax, HyoMax DT, HyoMax FT, HyoMax SL, HyoMax SR, NuLev, Oscimin, Symax Duotab, Symax FasTab, Symax SL, Symax SR …show all

Drug class: anticholinergics/antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Levsin SL C N X 1 review
10

Generic name: hyoscyamine systemic

Drug class: anticholinergics/antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

mirabegron C N 34 reviews
4.0

Generic name: mirabegron systemic

Brand name:  Myrbetriq

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

Sanctura XR C N X 3 reviews
9.0

Generic name: trospium systemic

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

solifenacin C N 36 reviews
6.0

Generic name: solifenacin systemic

Brand name:  VESIcare

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

amitriptyline C N X 1 review
8.0

Generic name: amitriptyline systemic

Drug class: tricyclic antidepressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

trospium C N X 14 reviews
7.0

Generic name: trospium systemic

Brand names:  Sanctura XR, Sanctura

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Gelnique B N X 1 review
5.0

Generic name: oxybutynin systemic

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Sanctura C N X 4 reviews
8.0

Generic name: trospium systemic

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Anaspaz C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: hyoscyamine systemic

Drug class: anticholinergics/antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

duloxetine Off Label C N X 4 reviews
4.0

Generic name: duloxetine systemic

Drug class: serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

Botox C N 8 reviews
6.0

Generic name: onabotulinumtoxinA systemic

Drug class: skeletal muscle relaxants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

fesoterodine C N 8 reviews
7.0

Generic name: fesoterodine systemic

Brand name:  Toviaz

Drug class: urinary antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Levsin C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: hyoscyamine systemic

Drug class: anticholinergics/antispasmodics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

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Alternative treatments for Urinary Incontinence

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Urinary Incontinence. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Urinary Incontinence.

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Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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