Incontinence Home > Sanctura

Sanctura is a medication that is used to treat urinary incontinence, frequent urination, and other symptoms of an overactive bladder. It works by blocking certain receptors in the bladder. This helps relax the bladder muscle and reduce the uncontrollable bladder contractions that cause symptoms, such as the sudden urge to urinate. Possible side effects include fatigue, dry mouth, and constipation.

What Is Sanctura?

Sanctura® (trospium chloride) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of certain bladder problems. Specifically, it is approved to help treat the following overactive bladder symptoms:
  • Leaking accidents (known as urinary incontinence or urge incontinence)
  • Frequent urination (usually defined as needing to go more than eight times in 24 hours)
  • Sudden, frequent urges to urinate.
(Click Sanctura Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes It?

Sanctura is made jointly by Esprit Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Indevus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

How Does It Work?

Sanctura belongs to a group of medications known as antimuscarinics or anticholinergics. This type of medication is used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Sanctura works to treat bladder problems by blocking specific receptors in the bladder, called muscarinic receptors, which helps the muscles of the bladder to relax. Since an overactive bladder is often due to muscle contractions that are too frequent and uncontrollable, Sanctura can help relieve many of the associated symptoms.

Effects of Sanctura

Studies have shown Sanctura to be effective in relieving many of the symptoms of an overactive bladder. In clinical studies, people who took the drug significantly reduced the frequency of wetting accidents. Also, people who took Sanctura needed to urinate less frequently and were able to pass more urine each time (the frequent muscle contractions of an overactive bladder usually prevent the bladder from holding a normal amount of urine).
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Other Articles in This eMedTV Presentation




Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2019 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.