What is the role of anticholinergic agents in the treatment of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS)?

Updated: Dec 04, 2020
  • Author: Eric S Rovner, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Anticholinergic agents such as oxybutynin and tolterodine can be used to treat the urinary frequency component of interstitial cystitis; however, these agents can impair bladder emptying and thus may exacerbate pelvic pain. They should be used with caution in patients with interstitial cystitis, and the patient should be informed that these agents are not indicated specifically for the treatment of interstitial cystitis.


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