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antidepressants and bladder problems

Posted by Mary on July 8, 1999, at 2:55:44

I have recently been told that I have "neurogenic bladder" as a result of taking various antidepressants over the past 20 years (most recently Zoloft and BuSpar). As I understand it, the anticholinergic effects have interfered with involuntary bladder control. The result is having to push to urinate, causing pain, frequency, and stress incontinence. This drug-savvy urologist says he has seen this frequently among his female patients on antidepressants. He also speculated that I might lose voluntary control if I continue the meds. (Of course this side-effect is news to my GP and shrink as well.) With a history of life-long depression, I have tried virtually every TCA and SSRI except for Remeron and Celexa. I have also had visual side effects with many of the newer SSRIs such as Serzone. My doctor won't even consider MAOIs. I wonder if any other women have encountered this problem and found any way to manage it. I appreciate any feedback. Thanks.




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