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Are there medications which can exacerbate overactive bladder?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There are a number of medications which may exacerbate overactive bladder. If you have high blood pressure or heart failure, you may need to take diuretics such as furosemide, brand name Lasix. By increasing your urine production, drugs in this category can worsen your symptoms. Caffeinated beverages, including coffee and certain types of soda, can also worsen symptoms by causing increased urine production. Donepezil, brand name Aricept, is a cholinesterase inhibitor used to treat certain forms of dementia. This can actually cause your bladder muscles to contract, worsening overactive bladder. If you have overactive bladder, it is important to discuss your medication regimen with your doctor.

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