Imipramine and Bed Wetting

Imipramine, which is sold under the names Tofranil, Antideprin and Janimine, is a tricyclic antidepressant that is used to treat both nocturnal enuresis as well as clinical depression. This drug, under the name Tofranil, was the very first medication that was ever used to treat the problem of wetting the bed at night.

This drug first appeared on the market in the late 1950’s and was used for depression before it came to be used for enuresis. This drug is not used as much today as it was in past years but is sometimes used as a back up for depression when other treatments fail to bring about the desired results.

Bladder control problems can affect both men and women, young and old. Most cures for incontinence works for both men and women such as bladder training, muscle exercises, prescriptions, and surgery. There are special methods of treatment that are available for women only.

Both men and women can practice training your bladder to urinate at set times. Urinating at the same time each hour and staying dry during that time will help retrain your bladder to wait longer before needing to use the bathroom. If you can stay dry during that hour, then adjust your goal for a slightly longer time.

Muscle Training

Constipation can be a common cause of bowel or fecal incontinence. That statement looks like a contradiction but is easily explained. When constipation occurs, the stools often become hard and impacted. It collects in your rectum and is too large for you to pass normally.

This collection often stretches the rectum and intestines and weakens the muscles connected with them. Although you may not be able to rid your body of the large impacted stool, looser bowels that are backed up behind the hard stools may seep out around it and cause fecal incontinence.

The nerves of the anus and rectum may become desensitized and not allow the fecal matter to be pushed through the rectum and eliminated. If your muscles are weakened, you also may take longer to pass the stools through the digestive system.

Diarrhea Loose stools or diarrhea may worsen the symptoms of fecal incontinence. Obviously, harder stools would be easier to control but loose stools are not as easily controlled if rectum and anal muscles weaken.

Stress Incontinence

We all deal with stress in our daily life. Stress incontinence is when we lose control over our urine release during times of physical movement or activity such as when we walk, lift heavy items, cough, sneeze or laugh.

Stress incontinence is not related at all to stress one feels that is of a psychological nature. Stress incontinence occurs more often in women than it does in men. Having incontinence can change your lifestyle by limiting your work or social life due to feelings of embarrassment or isolation.

Symptoms of stress incontinence:

You may notice that you leak urine when you walk, laugh, cough, sneeze, stand up, exercise or lift something heavy.

Urine may not leak every time you do these activities and you may have leakage during one or more of these activities but not all of them. You may experience it more often when your bladder is full.

Causes of stress incontinence:

There are about 12 million adults who suffer from urinary incontinence in the United States. Incontinence is more common in women over 50 but can affect men and younger people. Urinary incontinence means you cannot control your urine and you wet your clothes.

This is an embarrassing problem but can be successfully be treated or even cured. Those people who do not get treatment may suffer from urinary tract infections, rashes, and sores. You may find your quality of life affected because you are too embarrassed to be with friends and families because of your incontinence problem.

Post Menopause

The thinning and drying of the vagina and urethra when they are post-menopausal may cause urinary incontinence in women. Weak pelvic muscles weakened by childbirth may also cause it.

Some medicines may cause incontinence and a build up of stool in the bowels may also bring on the symptoms. If you are not able to move around or have repeated urinary tract infections you may also suffer from incontinence.

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