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 Anticholinergic Bladder Control Drugs: A List 
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Post Anticholinergic Bladder Control Drugs: A List
Since this is a frequent topic of conversation:

The drugs listed *between* the ----- lines are drugs for bladder or bowel control that work by blocking the message of acetylcholine, aka anticholinergics. I have provided the generic name and the US marketing name. I have attempted to make this list as complete as possible, but may be missing something.

Between the +++++ lines, are a list of drugs that are not anticholinergic; I'm not saying they're safe and useful, but they don't work on a pathway that is known to affect DLB.

So, here we go. . .

- - - - - - -
Anticholinergic Bladder & Bowel Drugs

Darifenacin - Enablex
Dicyclomine - Bentyl
Flavoxate - Urispas
Hyoscyamine - Levbid, Levsinex, NuLev
Oxybutynin - Ditropan, Ditropan XL, Oxytrol
Solifenacin - Vesicare
Tolterodine - Detrol, Detrol LA
Trospium - Sanctura

- - - - - - -

+ + + + + + +
Drugs Used In Bladder Conditions Not Believed To Be Anticholinergic:

Alfuzosin - Uroxatral
Desmopressin - DDAVP, Stimate
Doxazosin - Cardura
Dutasteride - Avodart
Finasteride - Proscar
Tamsulosin - Flomax
Terazosin - Hytrin
+ + + + + + +

Cal is not the real name of a real 84 year old with DLB. I don't speak for LBDA, nor do I have clever initials behind my name, so information is provided without warranty. Caveat everybody. I blog at

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Thanks for posting that list Eric. It is a big help to me.


Caregiver to 84yr. mother w/LBD & 83yr. dad w/PD

Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:28 am

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Good morning Eric, Just wanted to thank you again for all your help for us fellow caregivers. I wanted to wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year. Hope your Mom is responding to the treatments. We miss you!!!!

Caregiver to 91 yo Dad still able to live alone. Diag with prob early AD 3 yr ago. and husband diag with LBD 3 mo ago.

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Post Re: Anticholinergic Bladder Control Drugs: A List
I'd like to add one item to EricSEA's +++ list of better meds for treating incontinence in dementia patients:


Some urologists are using this to treat overactive bladder. I don't know if I've posted any of the research articles on that topic here but you can easily find them with a PubMed search ( - search for "botox OAB").

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