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Diabetic Neuropathy: Treatment for Urinary Problems

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Treatment for urinary problems caused by diabetic neuropathy depends on the specific problem. Typical problems and their treatment include:

  • Reduced ability to know when the bladder is full. Urinating on a regular schedule (every 4 hours, for instance), regardless of whether you think your bladder is full, is the usual approach to treating this problem. If neuropathy is causing you to urinate involuntarily (urinary incontinence), medicines such as oxybutynin (Ditropan) or tolterodine (Detrol) may be helpful. Men with urinary incontinence caused by neuropathy may benefit from medicines such as alfuzosin (Uroxatral), silodosin (Rapaflo), or tamsulosin (Flomax).
  • Straining to urinate and trouble emptying the bladder completely. This problem may be treated with medicine, such as bethanechol (Urecholine). In more severe cases, a thin tube may be used to empty the bladder on a regular basis (periodic catheterization). Trouble emptying the bladder completely may be worse during pregnancy.
  • Disruption of the proper emptying of the bladder, which may result in urinary tract infections (UTIs). UTIs may be treated with antibiotics. Drinking more fluids each day can help prevent UTIs.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Barrie J. Hurwitz, MD - Neurology
Last Revised April 12, 2012

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