Stress incontinence Medications
Stress incontinence is a type of urinary incontinence. Stress incontinence is an involuntary leakage of urine due to stress in the bladder that occurs during many of the physical activities such as exercising, sneezing etc. Stress incontinence rate is much lower in men compared to women. Nearly 40% of women experience this problem at some point in their life time.
Treatment for stress incontinence is classified into four major categories namely Behavioral changes, Medication, Pelvic floor muscle training and Surgery. Here in this article we are going to see about Stress incontinence treatment through Medical Supplies.
Medicines are primarily used in patients who suffer from moderate level of stress incontinence. Many types of medicines are available for treatment and they are given separetely or in combination.
- Anticholinergic agents such as oxybutynin, enablex, tolterodine, sanctura, vesicare and oxytrol.
- Antimuscarinic drugs. These drugs effectively block bladder contractions. This is commonly prescribed by many doctors.
- Alpha-adrenergic agonist drugs, such as phenylpropanolamine and pseudoephedrine. It helps in increasing the sphincter strength and thereby improves symptoms.
- Imipramine. It is a tricyclic antidepressant and its reaction is much similar to the above alpha-adrenergic drugs
Another controversial treatment is Estrogen therapy. Estrogen therapy helps to improve urinary frequency, urgency, and burning sensation in postmenopausal women. It also has the ability to improve blood supply of the urethral sphincter muscles. Though it has various benefits still it is not accepted widely. Another important point is that estrogen therapy treatment for stress incontinence should not be used in women who have history of uterine or breast cancer.