08/28/2009 - News

Overactive bladder treatment given all clear

By: Susan Aldridge, medical journalist, PhD


A new study shows that a treatment for overactive bladder does not have an adverse effect on cognition.

Older people often take many medications for chronic disorders and these can impair cognitive functioning. It's an important issue because good cognition is an essential element in independent living. Over active bladder is a troublesome complaint in many older people. A study from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine now looks at whether a medication, darifenacin, taken for over active bladder also affects cognition.

They studied a group of 129 volunteers, taking darifenacin or placebo, and found no difference between the two groups on cognitive tests. So older people can take the medication, confident in its safety, and enjoy more freedom from the embarrassment and misery of over active bladder.



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