Medications are available to treat your bladder leakage. As with any medication, there are side effects. Be sure to discuss with your care provider all potential side effects of the medication and be sure to share with your provider a list of all medications that you are currently taking.
- For urge incontinence, physicians often prescribe anticholinergic/antimuscarinics medications. These pills or patches block the nerves that trigger contraction in the bladder muscle and prevent bladder spasms. The most common side effects include dry mouth and constipation.
- Mirabegron (Myrbetriq®) is another medication used to treat incontinence by relaxing the bladder muscle and increasing the amount of urine the bladder may hold. Most common side effects include increased blood pressure, common cold symptoms, headache and urinary tract infection.
- For some women with stress incontinence, some antidepressants can limit leaks by tightening muscles at the neck of the bladder. Side effects of these medications may include reduced blood pressure, dry mouth and constipation.
Note: Medications do nothing to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, the leading cause of incontinence.