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:

Interventions:

  • 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).

Medications:

  • 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).

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/06/2020.

References

  • National Association for Continence. Nocturia. Accessed 5/12/2020.
  • Marinkovic SP, Gillen LM, Stanton SL. Managing Noctura. BMJ 2004;328:1063.
  • SleepFoundation.org. Nocturia or Frequent Urination at Night. Accessed 5/12/2020.
  • American Urological Association, Urology Care Foundation. Nocturia. Accessed 5/12/2020.

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