Pharmacists' Role in Managing Male Urinary Incontinence

Mohammad A. Rattu, PharmD, CGP


US Pharmacist. 2015;40(8):35-39. 

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While women most often experience urge incontinence (from bladder irritation or loss of neurologic control) or stress incontinence (from childbirth or obesity), men with prostate problems (e.g., benign prostatic enlargement, hyperplasia, obstruction, or prostatitis) can develop overflow incontinence.[2,7] Treatment for prostate disorders (e.g., prostatectomy) may subsequently lead to stress incontinence.[2,7]

In addition to prostate disorders, men may experience other lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). These symptoms may be due to a distal ureteral stone, bladder tumor, urethral stricture, foreign body, urinary tract infection (UTI), nocturnal polyuria, neurogenic bladder dysfunction, or detrusor muscle underactivity or overactivity.[7] Table 1 discusses some causes of the different types of UI.[2,4]