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What are anticholinergic drugs for an overactive bladder?

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In people with overactive bladder, muscles in the bladder wall contract at the wrong time. A group of drugs called anticholinergics deal with this problem by blocking the nerve signals related to bladder muscle contractions. Research suggests that these drugs also might increase bladder capacity and decrease the urge to go.

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American Urological Association: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Overactive Bladder (Non-Neurogenic) in Adults: AUA/SUFU Guideline."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Smith, P. , 2006. Canadian Medical Association Journal

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Clearinghouse: "Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Women."

Sussman, D. , 2007. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

Epstein, B. , 2006. American Family Physician

Ouslander, G. , 2004. The New England Journal of Medicine

Semins, M. 2004. Nature Clinical Practice,

Kennelly, M. 2008. Reviews in Urology,

News release, FDA.

Dworkin, R. April 2010.

Cruz, CD. Dec. 2008. ,

American Urological Association: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Overactive Bladder (Non-Neurogenic) in Adults: AUA/SUFU Guideline."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 10, 2018

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