What is overactive bladder (OAB)?
Overactive bladder (OAB) is a medical condition involving urine storage in the body. OAB can happen when nerve signals between your bladder and brain tell your bladder to empty even when it isn't full. This may cause your bladder muscles to contract to pass urine before they should. These contractions cause the sudden, strong urgency to urinate or cause leakage.
Isn't OAB something that happens to everyone when they get older?
OAB is not a normal part of aging. It is a medical condition that may be helped with appropriate treatment.
What causes OAB symptoms?
OAB symptoms such as frequency, urgency, and urine leakage occur with uncontrolled contractions of the bladder muscle. Medical reasons for this can be unknown. Talk to your healthcare professional (HCP) about your OAB symptoms and what treatment option is appropriate for you.
What can be done for OAB symptoms?
When a diagnosis of OAB is made, your healthcare professional (HCP) might suggest dietary and lifestyle changes and/or a prescription medicine. You can also sign up for the Momentum Program, a program that offers information about OAB management including practical tips, expert advice, and unique tools.
Can I treat my OAB symptoms on my own?
OAB is a medical condition that requires proper diagnosis and treatment. Your healthcare professional (HCP) should determine the appropriate method of treatment for your OAB symptoms. Following that treatment program and sticking with it is your best course of action.
What is Myrbetriq® (mirabegron)?
Myrbetriq is a prescription medicine approved by the FDA to treat OAB with symptoms of urgency, frequency and leakage in adults.
Why might my healthcare professional decide that Myrbetriq is for me?
When Myrbetriq was studied in clinical trials, it was shown to be effective in treating symptoms of OAB within several weeks. Those patients taking Myrbetriq made fewer trips to the bathroom and had fewer leaks than those patients not taking Myrbetriq. Your results may vary.
How does Myrbetriq work?
Myrbetriq is the first and only FDA-approved treatment in its class. When taken as directed, Myrbetriq can help relax the smooth muscle that surrounds the bladder and may increase the bladder's ability to store urine.
What are the possible side effects?
Do not use Myrbetriq if you have an allergy to mirabegron or any ingredients in Myrbetriq. Myrbetriq may cause your blood pressure to increase or make your blood pressure worse if you have a history of high blood pressure. It is recommended that your doctor check your blood pressure while you are taking Myrbetriq. Myrbetriq may increase your chances of not being able to empty your bladder. Tell your doctor right away if you have trouble emptying your bladder or you have a weak urine stream.
Myrbetriq may cause allergic reactions that may be serious. If you experience swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue, with or without difficulty breathing, stop taking Myrbetriq and tell your doctor right away.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including medications for overactive bladder or other medicines such as thioridazine (Mellaril™ and Mellaril-S™), flecainide (Tambocor®), propafenone (Rythmol®), digoxin (Lanoxin®). Myrbetriq may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Myrbetriq works.
Common side effects include increased blood pressure, common cold symptoms, urinary tract infection, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, and headache. These are not all the possible side effects of Myrbetriq. Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away or if you have swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, hives, skin rash or itching while taking Myrbetriq.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Do I need to take Myrbetriq every day?
Yes. It is important that you take Myrbetriq once daily as prescribed by your healthcare professional (HCP). Don't take it only when your symptoms are especially bothersome, or when you're about to have a big event or take a long car ride. Take it daily with water and swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, chew, or divide the tablet. You can take Myrbetriq with or without food. If you miss a dose, begin taking Myrbetriq again the next day. Do not take 2 doses of Myrbetriq the same day. If you take too much Myrbetriq, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away. It may take several weeks to see results. Don't expect your OAB symptoms to improve overnight. Your results may vary.
How quickly does Myrbetriq take to work?
It may take several weeks to see results. Don't expect your OAB symptoms to improve overnight. Your results may vary.