Medicines that either increase the amount
of urine that the
bladder can hold (bladder capacity) or decrease the
amount of urine released by the kidneys may be used to treat
bed-wetting. These prescription medicines may be used to control bed-wetting for a little while. They don't completely stop it.
- Medicines work well to control accidental
wetting for short periods of time, such as when children are on overnight trips
or at camp.
- Your doctor may suggest them for bed-wetting that is related to a stressful event, such as divorce or the birth of a sibling.
- Sometimes medicines are used along with other
treatments or for children who have not been able to control bed-wetting with
other treatments. Medicines can help to encourage and motivate a child who is
having trouble with other treatments by letting the child feel what it is like
to have dry nights.
- Desmopressin for Bed-Wetting (DDAVP)
- Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs) for Bed-Wetting (such as desipramine or imipramine)
In a few cases, when a small bladder capacity or
overactive bladder is thought to be the cause of bed-wetting,
oxybutynin (such as Ditropan or Oxytrol) may be used to treat
bed-wetting, especially when the child also has
daytime accidental wettings.
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
October 24, 2012
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