Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Not so fast on new over-active bladder med

You've seen the commercials--poor old Mom has to make Dad stop the family car half a dozen times for her "issues." (What era are we in--Dad driving, Mom peeing.)

Last fall, an over-the-counter thing called The Oxytrol for Women, a patch to prevent those repeated pit stops, hit the drugstore shelves.

But Consumer Reports says don't get too excited. These drugs don't work too well. Only a few people get complete relief from symptoms--and the drugs can cause blurred vision, constipation, dizziness, dry mouth and even mental confusion.

Oh--no--you need to go, now where is that darn bathroom?

You may want to ask your doctor about trying Detrol first--or prescription oxybutynin. The latter has a lot of side effects, though.

What if you don't even have over-active bladder--have the doc rule out Parkinson's, MS, kidney stones and other possible problems.

Or you could cut out liquids close to bedtime and do your Kegels.

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