Definition of Nocturia and Causes

NocturiaNocturia – 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.

Treatment

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
CYSTOCELEHYDRONEPHROSIS
NEPHROLITHIASISNEUROGENIC BLADDER
PROSTATITISURINARY TRACT INFECTION (UTI)
UROLITHIASISVAGINITIS

See also AGING, URINARY SYSTEM CHANGES THAT OCCUR WITHENURESISURINARY INCONTINENCE.

Nocturia – Definition, Causes and Tretament
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