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Incontinence & Overactive Bladder Health Center

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8 Ways to Tame Bladder Control Problems

6. Avoid triggers.

Some foods and drinks can make bladder control problems worse. Caffeine, carbonated drinks, and spicy foods can increase leaking for some people. Alcohol can make you pee too much, and smoking can also trigger the urge to go.

7. Check what medications you take.

If you’re on medication for other conditions, check with your doctor to see if bladder control problems may be a side effect. Some drugs, including over-the-counter allergy medications, muscle relaxants, and diuretics, can cause leaking.

8. Talk with your doctor about medications to help your OAB.

If nothing else is working, your doctor might prescribe a medication. But they can have side effects like dry mouth, constipation, or blurred vision. You’ll have to decide if the benefits are worth it for you.

Botox may also be an option for you. It’s approved as a treatment for bladder control problems. Your doctor injects it straight into your bladder muscle. “The procedure only takes a few minutes and helps to control symptoms for about 6-12 months,” Mueller says.

In some cases, bladder control problems are treated with surgery, but this is rare. Talk to your doctor to learn more.

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Reviewed on June 02, 2015

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