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Antimuscarinics are a type of prescription medicine which help the bladder relax and expand. They are a widely prescribed treatment for over-active bladder. There are a number of different antimuscarinic medications and the effectiveness of each varies from one user to another. You can realistically expect symptom relief within a few weeks, but it's uncommon for symptoms to go away completely.
Antimuscarinic drugs reduce involuntary detrusor contractions and increase bladder capacity. All antimuscarinic incontinence drugs are taken orally and they are indicated for urinary frequency, bladder instability, and nocturnal enuresis.
Antimuscarinics Side Effects
The side-effects of taking antimuscarinics can include dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation and tachycardia (abnormally fast heart rate). If you have a weak pelvic floor constipation should be avoided if at all possible because constant straining when toileting can cause prolapse.
Antimuscarinics Drug Types
Types of Antimuscarinic drugs include: Oxybutynin hydrochloride (including different formulations), tolterodine tartrate (both immediate release and slow release), darifenacin, emepronium bromide or carrageenate, propiverine, propantheline, trospium chloride, and solifenacin.
Antimuscarinics can help to treat symptoms of incontinence, but all women should perform regular pelvic floor exercise and perform daily kegels to keep their pelvic floor strong and prevent prolapse. Other things to help you cope with and treat incontinence naturally include urine suppression techniques and scheduled voiding.
Sometimes incontinence medication can mean that a woman ignores the symptoms of her weak pelvic floor which can result in prolapse. Prolapse is currently running at record levels - 1 in every 2 women aged 50 years will suffer some form of prolapse.