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Bedwetting medication: Oxybutynin (Ditropan)

Dr. D. Preston Smith
Author Dr. D. Preston Smith
Submitted 12-10-2007

The Potty Trainer

Oxybutynin (Ditropan) has been used for many years by pediatric and general urologists for bladder spasms. This medication has the ability to relax the bladder during sudden and frequent urges to urinate. It is a very effective medicine in people that have urinary frequency (urinating often) and urinary urgency (sudden desires to urinate) during daytime hours.


 


Although probably not as good as desmopressin and imipramine, oxybutynin has been used for bedwetting with some success. Oxybutynin may allow a child more time to wake up when the bladder gets full and thereby avoid a sudden wetting accident. It may also increase the “functional bladder capacity” (bladder size) during sleep.


 


The more common side effects of oxybutynin include dry mouth, constipation, facial flushing, and even hallucinations. Overall, it is a relatively safe medication. Oxybutynin is also a prescription medication that requires monitoring by a physician.


 


 


– Dr. D. Preston Smith


 


 


Dr. Smith is board certified and he has authored or co-authored many articles, papers, chapters, and books in Urology and Pediatric Urology. His research has been presented throughout the world. Dr. Smith’s dedication to helping children with urologic problems inspired him to establish PottyMD.