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Are there medicines for bladder spasms?

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The most commonly prescribed drugs to relax the bladder and prevent spasms are called anticholinergics. They include tolterodine tartrate (Detrol LA), oxybutynin chloride (Ditropan), darifenacin (Enablex), oxybutynin (Oxytrol), trospium chloride (Sanctura XR), and solifenacin (Vesicare). Common side effects are constipation and dry mouth.

Your doctor may also try an antidepressant called imipramine hydrochloride (Tofranil).

Or you might take medicines called alpha-blockers (like terazosin or doxazosin) to help your bladder relax and empty completely.

From: Bladder Spasms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse web site: "Nerve Disease and Bladder Control."

FamilyDoctor.org web site: "Interstitial Cystitis."

American Family Physician web site: "Interstitial Cystitis: Urgency and Frequency Syndrome."

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse web site: "Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome."

AARP web site: "Overactive Bladder: How to Take Back Control."

Wein: Campbell-Walsh Urology,  ; chapter 119. 10th. ed.

Botulinum toxin-A intradetrusor injections in children with neurogenic detrusor overactivity/neurogenic overactive bladder: a systematic literature review, Game X.  , June 1, 2009. J Pediatr Urol

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

National Institutes of Medicine.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on July 3, 2018

SOURCES:

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse web site: "Nerve Disease and Bladder Control."

FamilyDoctor.org web site: "Interstitial Cystitis."

American Family Physician web site: "Interstitial Cystitis: Urgency and Frequency Syndrome."

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse web site: "Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome."

AARP web site: "Overactive Bladder: How to Take Back Control."

Wein: Campbell-Walsh Urology,  ; chapter 119. 10th. ed.

Botulinum toxin-A intradetrusor injections in children with neurogenic detrusor overactivity/neurogenic overactive bladder: a systematic literature review, Game X.  , June 1, 2009. J Pediatr Urol

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

National Institutes of Medicine.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on July 3, 2018

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