OAB consists of urinary urgency, a sudden, often uncontrollable urge to urinate. Some people may leak urine when they experience this urgency. Having to urinate many times throughout the day and night is another symptom of OAB.
The symptoms of OAB occur in most cases because the muscles of the bladder contract involuntarily, which creates an urgent need to empty your bladder. In some people, this urge is purely sensory, meaning that you might feel an urge to urinate even though the muscles of your bladder are not contracting.
The Canadian Continence Foundation (CCF)
The CCF is a national non-profit organization that seeks to address the needs of those experiencing different types of urinary and bowel incontinence. The CCF website is filled with useful information and tips on how to manage urinary incontinence, including downloadable documents and videos.
The Canadian Urological Association (CUA)
The CUA is a member-based organization dedicated to promoting the highest standard of urologic care for Canadians.
Please take MYRBETRIQ® as directed by your healthcare provider. The usual starting dose is 25 mg once daily, with or without food. The tablet should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the tablet.
Based upon your response and tolerability, your doctor may increase your dose to 50 mg once daily. The maximum dose for MYRBETRIQ® is 50 mg once daily.
MYRBETRIQ® contains mirabegron. It works by relaxing the bladder smooth muscle, thereby reducing the symptoms of an overactive bladder.
If you forget to take your medicine, then take your next dose at the normal time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you miss several doses, tell your doctor or pharmacist and follow the advice given to you.
In case of drug overdose, contact your doctor, a poison control centre or go to the emergency room of a hospital near you immediately, even if there are no symptoms.
a. Use a weekly pill box:
Not only does it visually remind you, it also prevents you from double dosing.
b. Set a daily alarm/reminder
Take advantage of technology and set a text or email reminder to take your MYRBETRIQ® daily.
c. Combine with a daily task
Associate taking your MYRBETRIQ® with an activity you do every day, like making coffee or brushing your teeth.
d. Ask for someone to remind you
Enlist the help of a trusted loved one or friend to support you through your treatment.
e. Keep the pills visible
A visible reminder may help keep MYRBETRIQ® top of mind.
Pelvic floor muscles support the bladder and bowel in men, and the bladder, bowel and uterus in women. They also help maintain bladder and bowel control. PFMT involves a series of exercises that can help strengthen and improve the function of the pelvic floor. Ask your doctor about PFMT and whether it is something for you to consider adding to your OAB management plan.
One way to track your fluids is to use a container with measurement increments, so you can record how much you have consumed throughout the day. Another way to track is to use a measuring cup.