Anticholinergic Agents for Prostatitis
What Are They?
Anticholinergics are medications prescribed to help treat a man’s symptoms of an overactive bladder and urge incontinence. Men who experience these prostatitis symptoms suffer from frequent urination and interruptions of sleep (nocturia) to urinate. Patients may unintentionally urinate for no apparent reason followed by the urge to keep urinating. Antimuscarinics can help patients control these symptoms, which can have a negative affect on a man’s quality of life.
Anticholinergic agents that are prescribed for prostatitis include:
- Detrol (tolterodine tartate)
- Ditropan (oxybutynin)—an antimuscarinic drug
Detrol is prescribed to relieve symptoms related to frequent urination and the sudden need to urinate, including in the middle of the night while sleeping.
Antimuscarinics like Ditropan work by helping to relax the muscles in the bladder and urinary tract to help control urinary frequency and urgency. Ditropan belongs to a class of drugs called antispasmodics. Patients may take these medications along with other medications and natural treatments for prostatitis.
Common side effects of Detrol and Ditropan include dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, dry eyes, blurred vision, nausea, stomach upset, indigestion, belching, constipation, diarrhea, and headache. These drugs should not be used for patients who have certain conditions. You should learn about anticholinergic agents and ask questions if your doctor prescribes this kind of medicine for your prostatitis so you can make sure it is right for you. Both drugs may interact with other drugs, so be sure that your doctor and pharmacist have a complete list of medications you take.
Prostatititis is a condition that may require multiple different treatment options before a patient finds relief from all his symptoms. Many men find success with natural treatments for prostatitis. Phytotherapy may support prostate health and also help with urinary symptoms of prostatitis. Natural prostatitis treatments tend to be easier on the body and have fewer side effects than pharmaceutical drugs.
Alternative prostatitis treatments are another drug-free way to treat neuromuscular chronic prostatitis symptoms. There are several therapies that may help with muscular problems in the pelvic floor such as intrapelvic physiotherapy and trigger point release therapy. Some men also find success with acupuncture or biofeedback.
Whatever treatments you look into, realize that chronic prostatitis responds best to a multimodal approach to therapy—one that uses many different approaches to get the best result. Whether you use anticholinergic agents for prostatitis, natural therapies, or other medications that help with urinary symptoms such as alpha blockers or 5 alpha reductase inhibitors, be aware that it could take some time before you eliminate all of your prostatitis symptoms.