Is nocturia treatable?
If you think you might have nocturia, see your healthcare provider. He or she may refer you to a urologist to treat the condition.
Treatment usually is targeted toward the underlying cause. If sleep apnea is considered, you may be referred to a sleep specialist or pulmonologist. If prostate enlargement is the cause, medications or surgery may be needed.
Treatment options for nocturia, regardless of cause, may include:
- Restrict fluids in the evening (especially coffee, caffeinated beverages, and alcohol).
- Time intake of diuretics (take them mid- to late afternoon, six hours before bedtime).
- Take afternoon naps.
- Elevate the legs (this helps prevent fluid accumulation).
- Wear compression stockings (this also helps prevent fluid accumulation).
- Anticholinergic medications (these can reduce symptoms of an overactive bladder).
- Bumetanide (Bumex®), Furosemide (Lasix®) (diuretics that assist in regulating urine production).
- Desmopressin (DDAVP®) (helps the kidneys produce less urine).