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Sanctura Uses

Sanctura is used for treating an overactive bladder. By causing the bladder muscles to relax, the medication can help relieve symptoms such as leaking accidents, frequent urination, and sudden or frequent urges to urinate. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label Sanctura uses, and the drug is not approved for use in children.

Sanctura Uses: An Overview

Sanctura® (trospium chloride) is a prescription medication approved for relieving overactive bladder symptoms. It belongs to a group of medications known as anticholinergics or antimuscarinics.
An overactive bladder is caused by muscle contractions that are too frequent and usually uncontrollable. Normally, the bladder slowly fills until nerve signals tell your brain that the bladder is full and you need to use the bathroom. Then the bladder muscles contract when you urinate. However, in some people, the muscles contract frequently and spastically. This causes the following symptoms:
  • A frequent need to urinate (usually defined as needing to go more than eight times a day)
  • Sudden, frequent urges to urinate
  • Leaking accidents (known as urinary incontinence or urge incontinence).
Sometimes, an overactive bladder is caused by other medical problems, such as an enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). In these cases, it is usually best to treat the underlying problem instead of using Sanctura. The medication is not approved for other types of bladder problems.

How Does Sanctura Work?

Sanctura belongs to a group of drugs known as anticholinergic or antimuscarinic medications. It works by binding to specific receptors in the bladder, called muscarinic receptors, which helps the muscles of the bladder to relax. Since an overactive bladder is often caused by bladder muscles that contract too frequently and uncontrollably, Sanctura can help relieve many of the associated symptoms.

Sanctura Drug Information

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