At first, I didn’t think there was a therapy that would treat my overactive bladder.”
WHAT IS A TREATMENT OPTION FOR OVERACTIVE BLADDER (OAB)?
The sooner you talk with your doctor about your symptoms, the sooner you can discover overactive bladder treatment options that may help
Behavioral therapies for overactive bladder
Your doctor may suggest behavioral therapies for OAB treatment
- Pelvic floor muscle training (“kegels”)
- Establishing routine timing of bathroom trips
- Reducing fluid intake (especially at night) and avoiding food and drinks that are considered bladder irritants (for example, alcohol and caffeine)
Medications used to treat overactive bladder
There are 2 main types of prescription treatments available for treating OAB symptoms
- Beta-3 agonists (β3-agonists) work to lessen OAB symptoms by helping the bladder muscle relax so it can hold more urine
- Anticholinergics (ACHs) work to lessen OAB symptoms by helping to stop involuntary bladder contractions (the bladder squeezing itself without your control)
Remember, everyone is unique. No treatment is right for everyone, you may need to try several treatments before finding the one that works for you.
It’s important to continue working with your doctor to find the best ways to manage your OAB symptoms.
Before your appointment, try following these lifestyle tips to help with symptoms
- Stay hydrated
A total of 6 to 8 glasses of water is still recommended throughout the day
- Keep moving
Strength training, aerobic exercise, balance, and flexibility are beneficial for overall health. Pelvic floor exercises can help decrease leakage episodes
- Lose excess weight
Losing weight can help reduce leakage episodes. In some cases, women who lost 10% of their body weight reduced their leakage by half
- Stop smoking
Coughing causes downward pressure on the bladder, which can lead to leakage. Just another great reason to quit smoking
Avoiding foods that are known bladder irritants may also be helpful
- Carbonated beverages
- Citrus fruits and juice
- Corn syrup
- Spicy foods
- Sugar and artificial sweeteners
Hear how Kate felt after her doctor explained her overactive bladder diagnosis and treatment options
Kate, a real GEMTESA patient who has been compensated for her participation in this video
At first, I didn’t think there was a therapy that would treat my overactive bladder, OAB, symptoms.”
[Text on screen] More Than My OAB: Kate’s GEMTESA Journey
Talking to My Doctor About Overactive Bladder
Kate is a real patient taking GEMTESA who has been compensated by Urovant Sciences for her participation in this video.
Leakage episodes, for me, were a constant concern. They controlled my life 24/7.
My first visit with the doctor was amazing. I was able to explain my symptoms, my issues, and it felt great to have someone listen.
The doctor explained to me a common occurrence, and that is “key-in-lock” syndrome, and that is the uncontrollable urge to use the bathroom once I got home.
Once I put that key in my door lock, then I would flood my pads.
After my pelvic exam, the doctor explained to me that I do have OAB symptoms.
The doctor explained to me and shared a list of options for me and GEMTESA was one of those options.”
[Text on screen] GEMTESA is a prescription medication for the treatment of overactive bladder (OAB) in adults with symptoms of leakage episodes, urgency, and frequency.
The doctor explained to me that there would be possible side effects and those could include a headache or common cold symptoms.
I would recommend if someone is dealing with OAB symptoms that they take that first step and seek a healthcare professional.”
[Text on screen] Side effects may include headache, common cold symptoms, diarrhea, nausea, urinary tract and upper respiratory tract infection. Please see Important Safety Information at the end of this video.
If you're dealing with bothersome OAB symptoms, there's a treatment that may help.
Ask a healthcare professional about GEMTESA today.
Do not take if you have a known allergic reaction to GEMTESA or its ingredients. Tell your doctor right away if you are unable to empty your bladder or if you have a weak urine stream.
[Text on screen] GEMTESA may increase your chances of not being able to empty your bladder.
Tell your doctor if you are taking medicines that contain digoxin, or if you have liver or kidney problems.
Side effects may include headache, common cold symptoms, diarrhea, nausea, urinary tract and upper respiratory tract infection.
[Text on screen] Available by prescription only. Call 1-833-UROVANT.
Full Product Information can be found at GEMTESA.com/PI