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Health Insights: OAB Medication Therapies

In this episode of Health Insights, Dr. Holly Atkinson sits down with Dr. Harris Foster to discuss overactive bladder treatment and what medications may be the best fit to relieve your OAB symptoms. OAB is thought to occur because of involuntary contractions of the bladder. That mechanism is via nerves and primarily is driven by a substance called acetylcholine, which attaches to the muscle of the bladder and causes it to contract. To treat OAB, you're blocking the interaction between that substance and the bladder muscle to reduce the increased contractions.

There are a host of drugs used to treat OAB, none of which are necessarily better than the other. You'll need to work closely with your doctor to figure out which OAB medications are best for you.

Dr. Holly Atkinson

This video features Dr. Holly Atkinson. Dr. Holly Atkinson specializes in Internal Medicine and is an award-winning medical journalist. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine as well as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Duration: 05:06. Last Updated On: 2016-02-11
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh, Dr. Suzanne Friedman . Review date: July 11, 2014
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