Diabetic Neuropathy: Treatment for Urinary Problems - Topic Overview
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), medications such as oxybutynin (Ditropan) or tolterodine
(Detrol) may be helpful. Men with urinary incontinence caused by neuropathy may
benefit from alpha-blocker medications, such as terazosin (Hytrin), doxazosin
(Cardura), or tamsulosin (Flomax).
Straining to urinate and
difficulty emptying the bladder completely. This problem may be treated with
medication, such as bethanechol (Urecholine). In more severe cases, a thin tube
may be used to empty the bladder on a regular basis (periodic catheterization).
Difficulty emptying the bladder completely may be worse during
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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