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Does drinking caffeine affect overactive bladder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Caffeine and other beverages such as alcohol are considered to be diuretics. This means they are substances that increase the rate of urination. When you drink caffeine, your bladder can quickly fill up. If you have overactive bladder, you may feel a sudden, involuntary need to urinate.

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