How is frequent urination treated?

Frequent urination is usually treated by addressing the underlying cause.

Treatment for frequent urination will usually address the underlying problem that is causing the condition. For example, antibiotics will be used to treat a UTI. If you are found to have diabetes or a prostate problem, you will most likely be told to see a specialist in those conditions.

If your doctor sees that your condition is caused by overactive bladder syndrome, you may be prescribed a medicine such as Ditropan® or Vesicare® to help calm your bladder. He or she may also advise lifestyle changes or exercises that may help decrease the frequency of your need to urinate. These include:

  • Avoiding drinking fluids before bed.
  • Reducing your alcohol and caffeine consumption.
  • Kegel exercises to strengthen the bladder muscles. These are often prescribed to women who have given birth vaginally to strengthen their pelvic muscles.

You may also be told to use an adult undergarment for a short period of time while you are treating the underlying condition.

When should you be concerned about frequent urination?

In some cases, frequent urination may be just an inconvenience that will end after pregnancy, or if a person cuts back on alcohol or caffeine use, for example. Treating a UTI through antibiotics also usually resolves frequent urination. But, frequent urination can also be a symptom of a serious underlying condition, and should always be discussed with your doctor.

You should see your doctor immediately if your frequent urination is accompanied by other symptoms such as:

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