Drugs & Aging

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 349–360 | Cite as

Urinary Incontinence in the Elderly

Causes and Treatment Options
Review Article Drug Therapy

Summary

Urinary incontinence is a prevalent and distressing condition that affects >30% of elderly individuals. A wide variety of treatment modalities is available, and can be effective in reducing or eliminating the symptoms and adverse consequences of urinary incontinence. Pharmacological therapy is an important component of the successful management of this condition, but the agents currently used do not act selectively on the lower urinary tract. Adverse effects of drug treatment are common, and are especially problematic in the elderly. A careful assessment of the type of urinary incontinence and the institution of a rational management programme are the keys to improvement or even cure in patients with this condition.

Keywords

Adis International Limited Urinary Incontinence Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Lower Urinary Tract Stress Incontinence 

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© Adis International Limited 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geriatrics and Extended Care, NHCU (11E)Amarillo VAMCAmarilloUSA
  2. 2.Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Division of Geriatrics and Wesley Woods Geriatric CenterEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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