Are you urinating more often than usual? Do you find yourself rushing to get to the bathroom in fear that you may not make it in time? The Doctors heard from numerous viewers who shared personal experiences and questions about a condition known as overactive bladder, or OAB.
Take Lucy, who asks, “I’m constantly worried about having to use the restroom unexpectedly, especially on my drive home while sitting in traffic. Should I be worried I have an overactive bladder?”
Symptoms of this condition are the strong or sudden need to urinate, having to go more than seven times during the day and leaking urine.* Symptoms of OAB are due to involuntary muscle contractions from the muscles surrounding the bladder.* This happens even when the bladder isn’t full.*
Approximately 1 in 3 adults greater than or equal to 40 years of age in the US reported OAB symptoms at least “sometimes.”** People with OAB may experience unexpected accidents, frequent trips to the bathroom and may find it affects their daily activities.*
For some, these symptoms are not always clear. Marie tells us, “I never knew that there were other OAB symptoms beyond leakage. This was a total surprise to me.”
Chrisy reveals, “The worst part of OAB was the uncertainty I felt. Would I be at my child’s school dance? A recital? I wanted to be able to go to events without having to run out and say, ‘I’ve got to go to the bathroom!’”
Jamie shares, “Because of my overactive bladder symptoms, I’ve had to plan my day around having to go to the bathroom and having a bathroom that’s near. It can be so time-consuming.”
It’s important to be aware of these known dietary triggers that can worsen OAB:
- Spicy foods and acidic juices. Both can worsen OAB symptoms***
- Caffeine. Instead, opt for caffeine-free teas and ice water*
- Alcohol, which can irritate the bladder*
Equally important are lifestyle and behavioral changes:
- Watch your weight. Talk to your doctor before beginning any weight-loss regimen. Doing so may give the bladder relief from the pressure of carrying extra weight*
- Manage your fluid intake throughout the day. Avoid too many fluids in the evening (but be mindful that limiting fluids too much may lead to dehydration, which may create concentrated urine and irritate the bladder)****
Beyond these lifestyle adjustments, have a conversation with your health care provider about your symptoms. In addition to exercising and making changes to your diet, keeping track of your bladder habits and your bathroom visits is important and can help you guide through a discussion with your healthcare provider about your bladder health concerns. After reviewing your symptoms and conducting a full evaluation, your doctor may discuss additional options with you, which may include prescription medications.
As viewer Marilyn shares, “My doctor prescribed a prescription treatment called Myrbetriq® (mirabegron) to help manage my overactive bladder symptoms.” Mybetriq® is used to treat overactive bladder symptoms of urgency, frequency and leakage.
For more information about overactive bladder symptoms or to take the OAB symptoms quiz, visit www.myrbetriq.com.
This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always talk with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.
Use of Myrbetriq
Myrbetriq® (mirabegron) is a prescription medicine for adults used to treat overactive bladder (OAB) with symptoms of urgency, frequency and leakage.
Important Safety Information
Myrbetriq is not for everyone. Do not take Myrbetriq if you have an allergy to mirabegron or any ingredients in Myrbetriq. Myrbetriq may cause your blood pressure to increase or make your blood pressure worse if you have a history of high blood pressure. It is recommended that your doctor check your blood pressure while you are taking Myrbetriq. Myrbetriq may increase your chances of not being able to empty your bladder. Tell your doctor right away if you have trouble emptying your bladder or you have a weak urine stream.
Myrbetriq may cause allergic reactions that may be serious. If you experience swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue, with or without difficulty breathing, stop taking Myrbetriq and tell your doctor right away.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including medications for overactive bladder or other medicines such as thioridazine (Mellaril™ and Mellaril-S™), flecainide (Tambocor®), propafenone (Rythmol®), digoxin (Lanoxin®) or solifenacin succinate (VESIcare®). Myrbetriq may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Myrbetriq works.
Before taking Myrbetriq, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems. The most common side effects of Myrbetriq include increased blood pressure, common cold symptoms (nasopharyngitis), dry mouth, flu symptoms, urinary tract infection, back pain, dizziness, joint pain, headache, constipation, sinus irritation, and inflammation of the bladder (cystitis).
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
*Mayo Clinic. Overactive bladder: symptoms and causes (03-10-2018). https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/overactive-bladder/symptoms-causes/syc-20355715. Accessed 05-02-2019.
**Coyne KS, Sexton CC, Vats V, Thompson C, Kopp ZS, Milsom I. National community prevalence of overactive bladder in the United States stratified by sex and age. Urology 2011;77(5):1081-7.
***Interstitial Cystitis Network. 2012 ICN Food List for Interstitial Cystitis, Bladder Pain Syndrome, Overactive Bladder (2019).
****MacDiarmid S. Maximizing the Treatment of Overactive Bladder in the Elderly. Rev Urol 2008;10(1):6-13
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