Research & Education: Overactive-bladder Treatment

Reprinted from PN September 2001
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The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System has issued a press release regarding safe and effective treatment for overactive bladder in people with spinal-cord injury (SCI) or multiple sclerosis (MS).

According to the information, extended-release oxybutynin (Ditropan XL) is a safe and effective treatment.

For people with SCI and MS, damage to the nervous system can cause a condition referred to as "neurogenic bladder." These patients experience a malfunction of the autonomic nerves that control bladder function, resulting in overactive bladder.

Extended-release oxybutynin is one of the leading treatments for this condition, decreasing the frequency of urination with minimal side effects.

Overactive bladder affects approximately 17 million Americans, making it more prevalent than many commonly discussed conditions. It is one of the most under-diagnosed and under-treated conditions in the United States.

Contact: Jocelyn Uhl, UPMC Health System News Bureau, (412) 647-3555 / 624-3184 (fax) /


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