Overactive Bladder

Monday, March 4th, 2013 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

Having an overactive bladder can interfere with one’s ability to enjoy a physically active lifestyle. Fortuitously, the drug Oxytrol (marketed by Merck) was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an over-the-counter treatment for women ages 18 and older who have the condition. It remains available by prescription only to adult men.

Overactive bladder, which affects approximately 33 million Americans, may entail leakage, frequent urination and feeling a sudden, urgent need to go. Oxytrol, which is administered by applying a patch to one’s skin, helps relax the bladder muscle. During its clinical testing phase, Oxytrol’s reported side effects included dry mouth, constipation and skin irritation where the patch was applied.


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