Does what I drink have an impact on overactive bladder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
What you drink can affect overactive bladder. Among the drinks shown to worsen bladder control are: Alcohol, including beer, champagne and wine

• Carbonated beverages

• Soda (with caffeine)

• Tea (with caffeine)

• Coffee (even decaffeinated)

• Milk

• Citrus juices

The best choice for people with overactive bladder is water. However, you may be able to drink coffee and orange juice if they’re acid-free. Certain juices do not irritate the bladder. These include apple, grape, cranberry and cherry juices. Cranberry and cherry juices also may help control urine odor. Alcohol should be avoided, although late harvest wines may be tolerable.

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