Certain Medications Could Cause Urinary Incontinence

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If you have been prescribed certain medications by your doctor, you’re sure to be concerned about the side effects that come along with them. Four types of medicine can cause bladder control problems or possibly increase urinary incontinence. Find out which prescriptions you should get a second opinion on.

Medications That Could Cause Urinary Incontinence

Alpha Blockers

Doctors prescribe alpha blockers to treat hypertension or high blood pressure. They work to dilate your blood vessels and ease the blood flow. However, this medication can sometimes cause urinary incontinence and loss of bladder control. These side effects are normally more of an issue for women than men. If you suffer from hypertension and are concerned about the side effects of alpha blockers, there are alternate drugs available.

bladder control problemsAntidepressants and Pain Relievers

Some antidepressants and pain relievers can prevent the bladder from contracting fully, which makes it harder for the bladder to empty. This causes the urgency or frequency of visiting the restroom, and may even decrease your awareness of the need to go. These medications may also cause constipation, which creates bladder control problems because constipation takes up the room in the pelvis the bladder needs to expand.


Also known as “water pills,” diuretics are used to stimulate the kidneys to expel unneeded water and salt from the tissues and bloodstream by depositing them into the urine. Ridding the body of these excess fluids helps the heart to pump better, and diuretics can help with high blood pressure or vascular conditions. However, diuretic treatments can make bladder conditions worse by causing urgency and frequency. To reduce the buildup of salt and water in your system, you can take action by limiting the amount of salt in your diet or exercising, instead of taking these pills.

Sedatives and Sleeping Pills

Taking sedatives and sleeping pills can decrease your awareness of needing to go while you’re sleeping. Instead of taking these medications, you can take steps to solve your insomnia on your own. Exercising during the day can help make you more tired by the time you go to sleep. You can also do certain soothing activities before you sleep to help you relax including meditation, reading a book or listening to soft music.

FemiLift Treats Urinary Incontinence

If you are suffering from urinary incontinence, FemiLift can help relieve the symptoms. The vaginal tightening laser can help ease urinary incontinence by strengthening and rejuvenating the pelvic floor muscles. Contact Dr. Kowalski to see if the procedure is right for you.


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