What is the role of beta-adrenergic agonists in urinary incontinence treatment?

Updated: Sep 23, 2019
  • Author: Sandip P Vasavada, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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These agents relax beta-adrenergic receptors that are contained in smooth muscle, such as the bladder. Studies of terbutaline and clenbuterol have yielded mixed results. The role of these drugs as adjuncts to other pharmacologic therapies has not been explored.

Mirabegron (Myrbetriq), a beta-3 adrenergic receptor agonist, causes relaxation of the detrusor miuscle and increases bladder capacity. It is indicated for overactive bladder with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence, urgency, and urinary frequency. A guideline from the American Urological Association recommends beta-3-adrenergic receptor agonists as second-line therapy in patients with an inadequate response to behavioral therapy. [72]

The agent 1-desamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin (DDAVP) has been used in children with nocturnal enuresis, with good results. The hormone causes water to be reabsorbed from the renal collecting system. Reduction in nighttime urine production may be beneficial in patients with detrusor overactivity and a significant degree of nocturia. Caution is needed when using this drug in elderly patients. Do not use in patients with significant heart failure or in children younger than 5 years (eg, water intoxication).

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