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In this second of a two-part series, we review some of the many commonly prescribed medications that can damage your eyes and the steps that you can take to protect yourself from these adverse effects. The first part in this series appeared in our December 2019 issue.
Urinary incontinence — the inability to control the passage of urine — is a widespread problem that affects an estimated 25 million American adults. Learn about lifestyle changes and non-drug therapies that should be the first-choice treatments for incontinence, as well as the best drugs to use as second-choice treatment options.
Learn about recent evidence suggesting that anticholinergic drugs — which include many antidepressants, antihistamines and overactive bladder control medications — may increase the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia in the elderly.
Learn about new drugs approved by the FDA in 2013 that Worst Pills Best Pills has identified as dangerous or ineffective. The drugs include two for diabetes, two for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and an over-the-counter drug for overactive bladder, among others.
If you are thinking of using newly approved over-the-counter oxybutyin (OXYTROL FOR WOMEN) to treat overactive bladder, find out why you should first check with your doctor and learn about possible adverse reactions.
The newest FDA-approved drug for treating overactive bladder, TOVIAX (fesoterodine) is no more effective than the older five drugs, reducing the number of urinations a day by only one. In addition, since it is a new drug, we recommend not using it now because more will be known about its dangers after it has been on the market for a longer time.
You should check the list of drugs that can cause loss of bladder control before starting drug treatment for this condition. You may be able to change from a drug that causes loss of bladder control to a drug that does not or alter the dose. This may be enough to solve the problem.