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People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may experience bladder problems. The most common difficulty is a frequent and urgent need to urinate, even when the bladder is not full.

If this occurs, talk to your doctor to determine that this problem is not due to a bladder or urinary infection or other medical issue. If it is not, there are many medications that can help this problem. Medications include oxybutynin (Ditropan®), tolterodine (Detrol®), trospium (Sanctura®), tofenacin succinate (VESIcare®), darifenacin (Enables®), mirabegron (Moretti®) and phenoperidine fumarate (Toviaz®). You may be referred to a bladder specialist (urologist).

Page reviewed by Dr. Kathryn P Moore, Movement Disorders neurologist at Duke Health, a Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence.

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