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Definition of Nocturia and Causes
Nocturia – the need to get up from nighttime sleep to urinate.
It is a significant cause of sleep disorders though has numerous potential causes.
Nocturia becomes more common with increasing age in both women and men, sometimes simply as a consequence of normal agerelated changes that occur in the urinary tract.
Key among these changes is the reduced ability of the bladder to distend because lost elasticity in the tissues, effectively shrinking the bladder’s capacity.
Many people are unaware how much fluid they drink in the evening. The urinary system is still processing all this fluid when the person lies down to go to bed.
Often, simply changing habits to minimize fluid consumption after dinner is enough to slow urine production through the night.
When nocturia persists despite such measures, the urologist may prescribe medications such as tolterodine or oxybutynin that slow the bladder’s response.
Conditions For Which Nocturia is a Common Symptom
|CONDITIONS FOR WHICH NOCTURIA IS A COMMON SYMPTOM|
|BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA (BPH)||CYSTITIS|
|PROSTATITIS||URINARY TRACT INFECTION (UTI)|
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