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How is a failure to store urine treated in people with multiple sclerosis?

Most people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have problems with storing urine due to overactivity of the bladder muscles, which leads to frequent urination, urgency and incontinence. This is commonly treated by using medications (anti-cholinergic agents commonly known by trade names Ditropan, Detrol, Sanctura and Enablex) that help decrease the overactivity. As you age, you are more likely to be prone to side effects associated with these medications, such as dry mouth, constipation, and confusion.

If a person with multiple sclerosis has urinary frequency, the following are helpful:

  • Wear clothes that are easily removed
  • Use timed voiding
  • Limit fluid intake
  • Limit caffeine and alcohol consumption
  • Use urinals or bedside commodes if mobility is an issue

For people without an indwelling catheter, the recommended fluid intake would be about 61 ounces in total, with only limited amount of water intake after dinner time.

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