Treatment for urinary problems caused by
diabetic neuropathy depends on the specific problem.
Typical problems and their treatment include:
Reduced ability to know when the bladder is full.
Urinating on a regular schedule (every 4 hours, for instance), regardless of
whether you think your bladder is full, is the usual approach to treating this
problem. If neuropathy is causing you to urinate involuntarily (urinary
incontinence), medicines such as oxybutynin (Ditropan) or tolterodine
(Detrol) may be helpful. Men with urinary incontinence caused by neuropathy may
benefit from medicines such as alfuzosin (Uroxatral), silodosin (Rapaflo), or tamsulosin (Flomax).
Straining to urinate and
trouble emptying the bladder completely. This problem may be treated with
medicine, such as bethanechol (Urecholine). In more severe cases, a thin tube
may be used to empty the bladder on a regular basis (periodic catheterization).
Trouble emptying the bladder completely may be worse during
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 12, 2012
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