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What Is Trospium XR Used For?

Trospium is used for relieving symptoms of an overactive bladder in adults. By preventing the bladder muscles from contracting too often and uncontrollably, trospium XR can relieve symptoms such as frequent urination, frequent or sudden urges to urinate, and leaking accidents. Trospium XR uses in children have not been approved, and there are currently no off-label uses of the medication.

Trospium XR Uses: An Overview

Trospium XR (Sanctura® XR) is a prescription medication approved for relieving the symptoms of an overactive bladder. Trospium XR is a long-acting medication that is taken just once a day. It belongs to a group of medications known as anticholinergics or antimuscarinics.
An overactive bladder is a common problem caused by bladder muscle contractions that are too frequent and often uncontrollable. Ideally, 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 bladder muscles contract too frequently and spastically. This causes the following overactive bladder symptoms:
  • Sudden, frequent urges to urinate
  • A frequent need to urinate (usually defined as needing to go more than eight times a day)
  • Leaking accidents (known as urinary incontinence or urge incontinence).
Sometimes, an overactive bladder is caused by other medical problems, such as an enlarged prostate (known medically as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). In these cases, it is usually best to treat the underlying problem instead of using trospium XR. The medication is not approved for other types of bladder problems, other than an overactive bladder.

How Does Trospium XR Work?

Trospium XR is known as an antimuscarinic or anticholinergic medication. This type of medication is used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including an overactive bladder. Trospium XR works for bladder problems by blocking specific receptors (called muscarinic receptors) in the bladder, which helps to relax the muscles of the bladder. Because an overactive bladder is often due to bladder muscle contractions that are too frequent and uncontrollable, trospium XR can help relieve many of the symptoms of an overactive bladder.
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Trospium XR for Overactive Bladder

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