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Medications

Urinary incontinence may be treated with medicines. But in many cases, treatment with behavioral methods (bladder training, timed urination) and Kegel exercises are tried before medicines. These treatments, when combined with medicine, may help some women more than either treatment alone.

Medicine choices

Examples of medicines for stress incontinence

  • Imipramine (Tofranil)
  • Estrogen cream or gel

Examples of medicines for urge incontinence

  • Darifenacin (Enablex)
  • Mirabegron (Myrbetriq)
  • Oxybutynin (Ditropan)
  • Solifenacin (Vesicare)
  • Tolterodine (Detrol)
  • Trospium (Sanctura)
  • Estrogen cream or gel
  • Botox (botulinum toxin), sometimes used if other medicines don't work

Botox is given as a shot to help relax the bladder muscles. You may need to get a shot every 3 months. Side effects may include having pain when you urinate, not being able to urinate easily, and getting a urinary tract infection (UTI). If you get a Botox shot, you may need to take antibiotics to reduce your risk for getting a UTI.

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