Medicines that either increase the amount of urine that the can hold (bladder capacity) or decrease the amount of urine released by the kidneys may be used to treat .
Medicines may be used to control bed-wetting for a little while. They don't completely stop it.
- Medicines work well to control accidental wetting for short periods of time, such as when children are on overnight trips or at camp.
- Sometimes medicines are used along with other treatments or for children who have not been able to control bed-wetting with other treatments. Medicines can help to encourage and motivate a child who is having trouble with other treatments by letting the child feel what it is like to have dry nights.
- Desmopressin for Bed-Wetting (DDAVP)
- Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs) for Bed-Wetting (imipramine,desipramine)
In a few cases, when a small bladder capacity or overactive bladder is thought to be the cause of bed-wetting, oxybutynin (Ditropan) may be used to treat bed-wetting, especially when the child also has daytime accidental wettings.
What To Think About
Medicines usually are not used to treat bed-wetting in young children, unless the medicine is known to be safe.
Most children start wetting the bed again after medicine treatment is stopped.