Avoid Caffeine to Stop the Flow

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.