It may be time to talk to your doctor about your frequent trips to the bathroom, a strong and sudden need to urinate, and the times that you were unable to make the bathroom in time to urinate. This can be time consuming, embarrassing, and stressful for you, but there is a solution. Myrbetriq is a prescription drug that can decrease the frequency and urgency of urination due to an overactive bladder (OAB) which will also solve your problem of accidents. The active ingredient in Myrbetriq is Mirabegron ER; it is an extended release formula that is taken once daily.
Mirabegron works a little differently than other OAB medications in that it binds to the beta-3 adrenergic receptor, mostly found in one of the main types of connective tissue (body fat) in your body. By targeting the β3 pathway, Myrbetriq relaxes your bladder muscle to allow your bladder to hold a larger amount of urine once the misguided signals to contract have been blocked.
Your bladder is like a small storage facility for urine. When you urinate, the bladder muscles contract so the urine is forced out of your bladder into the urethra where muscles are signaled to relax so you are able to urinate. It appears that women are more likely to have urge continence, a loss of bladder control that may be a result of being pregnant or the loss of estrogen due to menopause. The exact cause for an over-active bladder is not really known, but the risk factors include having diabetes, or nerve damage from Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or Multiple Sclerosis.
Your doctor may recommend Myrbetriq along with bladder training and exercises for your pelvic floor known as Kegel exercises. Many of those who have OAB do not seek treatment, but have discovered that a change of diet, losing weight, and limiting fluid intake (especially before bed time) can be beneficial. You may even find that incontinence underwear suits your busy lifestyle instead of drugs. Don’t be embarrassed to talk to your doctor about OAB. You shouldn’t have to plan your outings by mapping out where nearby washrooms are located along the route.
Ask your doctor if taking Myrbetriq is harmful for an unborn or nursing baby if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are nursing. Discuss other medical conditions you have and any over the counter medications or Rx drugs you take, including herbal remedies and vitamin supplements as any of these could affect the efficacy of Myrbetriq or cause unintended interactions.
Make certain that your doctor is aware if you have high blood pressure as Myrbetriq could cause it to rise higher and pose other health risks. Regular monitoring should be done to keep track of your blood pressure. Myrbetriq should not be taken by anyone under the age of 18 years. You need to be patient as it could take several weeks before noticing a change in your frequency or urgency to urinate once you begin treatment with Myrbetriq.