10 Medications That May Cause Increased Urination

Maybe you’ve noticed that you’re rushing to the restroom lately. Or you’re waking up in the middle of the night to go. Perhaps you need to take way more breaks at work to pee.

There are many potential causes of frequent urination. They include, but are not limited to, an increase in water intake, a urinary tract infection (UTI), or the onset of a new disease such as diabetes, as the Mayo Clinic notes.

It’s worth asking yourself: “Have I started a new medication lately?”

That gotta-go impulse is a relatively common side effect of various drugs available over-the-counter and by prescription. “Many medications can lead to urinary retention and something we call ‘overflow incontinence,’ which is when the bladder is not able to contract and expel urine effectively, leaving urine in the bladder,” says Brooke D. Hudspeth, PharmD, an associate professor and the chief practice officer at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in Lexington. Other meds may interfere with the function of the urethra and lead to leakage or cause the bladder to quickly fill up with urine and make you urinate more frequently.

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