Overactive Bladder and UTI Case

Tonight’s dose involves trying to prevent the unnecessary use of medications! I’ve come across this type of situation a few different times and just wanted to share it with you all. Patient gets diagnosed with a UTI and started on an antibiotic – pretty standard and not a big deal. It was noted that there was an increase in frequency of urination, a pretty common occurrence when individuals have a UTI especially in the geriatric population. The part that drives me crazy is the individual gets put on a med to help with the frequency (Vesicare) the very same day that the antibiotic was started. The UTI resolves and the patient gets left on the drug for frequency! Why not wait until the UTI has resolved to address and treat frequent urination symptoms if actually necessary? They weren’t on the Vesicare before the UTI so would they need it after successful treatment?

Written By Eric Christianson

January 15, 2014

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