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Is there a natural remedy for overactive bladder ?

Is there a natural remedy for Nocturia and overactive bladder? I am waking up more then 10 times during the night. My doc has me on vessicare for a month now but does not seem to be helping.

The ubiquitous Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) for nocturia. Another one is the Indian herb Crateva for improved bladder tone. Horsetail itself is full of the mineral silica that helps strengthen the bladder wall.

It may be best to find a supplement in which both of these are found in combination as herbs often work better in combination. Such as this one:

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You would need to talk to your doctor first though as it might not be wise to take one of these supplements in combination with what you are currently taking. Talk to your doctor about trying the herbal alternative if the prescription drug is not working. You can take your health into your own hands but it is best done in consultation with your doctor.

Avoid caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee, cola) at night as caffeine is diuretic and would only add to the problem.

Cranberry extract (or in the form of a drink) is another herb that is reputed to help with nocturia. Try to supplement on this as it is also known to keep the urinary tract healthy and free from infection.

Best wishes.  (+ info)

Should i tell my teacher i have an overactive bladder?

I'm in 6th grade and i have a teacher that won't let me go to the bathroom. Like i said i have an overactive bladder and can't wait that long to go. So should i just tell her the truth?

Definitely. If you have to wait a whole period, (if you are in middle school) then that is totally bad. I know your teacher will understand with a doctor's or a parent's note.  (+ info)

Do I have an overactive bladder, or what?

Just looking for some insight, not a real diagnosis obviously. But as long as I can remember I've had to use the bathroom several times a day, usually every hour and half to two hours even when I don't drink a single thing. When i do drink, and especially in large quantities, I have to go to the bathroom every 3 minutes. Why is this? I am a male, and this is not typical of any other male I've met, and want to shed some light on what may be wrong in my urinary system.
I'm also 18!

i wouldnt worry, i pee loads, like 10 times a day, and i know someone that goes like every half hour some days lol, its just down to your body, as everybody is different  (+ info)

whats the best medicine you can get at the pharmacy for overactive bladder?

i am 15 years old, male. i think i have a overactive bladder because i took the symptom quiz and it tested the i do have oab. i have to pee almost every hour... and it gets very annoying. does anyone know the name of the medicine that helps oab?

Men generally do not have overactive bladder. Generally speaking, high amount of urination in men happen when they are older and have enlarged prostate.
In your case, I'll be thinking more on the lines of a small bladder or hormonal problems. I would go to a physician and discuss this issue.
Overactive bladder is more of a female problem. There are no OTCs for this, but there are a number of Rx drugs.  (+ info)

Is there a home remedy for urinary bladder polyps?

I was diagnosed with urinary bladder polyps over a year ago and saw them on a monitor during a cystoscopy. The treatment was apparently going to be very involved and would've required me to lose time from work. My work wasn't going to allow it. Now I don't have health insurance and am trying to find out if there's a natural remedy/home remedy to get rid of the polyps. I'm tired of wearing pads for the "just in case" sneezes, coughs, and hardy laughs.

polyps can be cancerous, so they need to come out sooner or later.  (+ info)

I have a kidney stone and is already on bladder. does anyone knows a what can I use to open urinary conduct?

I have a kidney stone and is already on my bladder almost ready to come out . does anyone knows a what can I use to open urinary conduct?

Kidney stones are helped to be pushed out of the body through urinary pressure. This means that you need to drink allot of things to help build this up. Most often things like cranberry juice, water, and eating all the watermelon you want will always help you do this. Also, you need to make sure that5 the stone doesn't get caught anywhere too, which it can at any time. If you start to feel pain or see blood coming out then please call the doctor immediately. If it's past office hours you'll need to have someone take you to the ER. This condition can be easy or hard all depending on how large the stone is and how hard or easy it'll be to get it out. Good luck and God Bless  (+ info)

whats the difference between a bladder infection and a urinary track infection?

is a bladder infection when you feel like you have to pee every couple of seconds, but little or nothing comes out ? and is a urinary track infection when it burns when you pee and you always feel like discomfort down there? I really think i have both.

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What to expect with Overactive Bladder during Pregnancy?

I am 23 years old and would like to start a family in the next year or so. I am currently taking Detrol LA to help the urge to urinate but it only works once and a while. I'm really scared that my Overactive Bladder will be so bad. Has anyone on here been pregnant with OAB? I just kind of want to know what to expect. I really want kids, please help!


Well, I can relate to the problem. Unfortunately, it's common to have a lot of urinary urgency during pregnancy, even without a prior diagnosis of OAB/urge incontinence. Stress incontinence tends to get worse as well, (oh, the joy). However, you really will need to talk to your doctor about it. His/her advice will probably be to stop taking the Detrol if you're trying to get pregnant. They haven't done human studies to evaluate this, but some animal studies have shown that Detrol can be harmful to the fetus, and this has caused most OBs to recommend that you not take it during pregnancy. It's also possibly unsafe to take while you're breastfeeding.  (+ info)

I don't have a urinary bladder infection or diabetes, but still have to pee a lot. How do I control?

Already went to see a doctor and didn't have the infection or diabetes or anything. Still, I have to go to the bathroom a lot. What is wrong with me, and how do I control. Are there tips for bladder control?

1. take a little more salt if you need to do somethign and want to control for the period. it'll suppress the need to pee for a while. (water retention)

2. drink a little less water.

3. if you have a small bladder. it's normal don't worry too much. bus drivers go to the toilet every 2 hours ie when they reach the next stop point for them.  (+ info)

Does anyone have a child with an overactive bladder?

My child takes Detrol for an overactive bladder but still gets wet. The urologist says this happens frequently in children but I have never heard of anyone else having this problem. How do I mentally deal with this frustrating issue?

In order to mentally deal with a frustrating issue, one should ask a few questions, such as Can I do anything to remedy the situation? If not, how can I make it less frustrating for my child and me? You may need to use different diapers or different bathroom routines.

You don't say how old the child is, but I am assuming he/she is old enough to be potty trained.

Some children don't pay attention to their own bodies' warning and need their parents to help them learn to plan for bathroom use. Do you control his/her liquid intake? I knew that if I gave my son a juice box, I would have to remind him in 15 minutes that he should visit the bathroom. He eventually learned to do it on his own, but this cut down on accidents in the beginning. I also understood that he was more upset about being wet than I was.  (+ info)

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