Avoid Caffeine to Stop the Flow

October 1, 2006
Christine Jones, NP

Before you prescribe an anticholinergic for patients with urinary frequency or urge incontinence, advise them to cut out all caffeine. Complete avoidance--rather than just decreased intake--often results in an immediate improvement in symptoms.

Before you prescribe an anticholinergic for patients with urinary frequency or urge incontinence, advise them to cut out all caffeine. Complete avoidance--rather than just decreased intake--often results in an immediate improvement in symptoms. Also instruct patients to keep their daily fluid intake under 64 oz. Should medication still be needed, these steps can help ensure a good outcome.

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