Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Not so fast on new over-active bladder med
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.