Has anyone tried Betmiga,antichlogernics unsuitable for me

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I have taken Oxybutiin Vesicare and Tropsium all with bad side effects, the latter seems to have affected by eyesight badly my glasses don't seem to me 'mine' anymore! Also memory problems. Have been told to go back to Dr. and ask for Betmiga it is a different class of meds and may suit me better but don't know anyone who has taken it. Any help would be useful.  Thanks.Pat

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    Hi pat17497

    Just to let you know that I am on the last two of your list of three an my GP said that if I got any of the side affects then stop talking them and see him ASAP. I think you should do the same, but your choice whether to stop your medication. You can always phone for advice first, bet do something about it.

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      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for replying. I feel I have exhausted all anticholergenics. I will go to see my Dr. I want to get it all out of my system before trying something else! Here's hoping the next drug wil suit.

      Good luck with your problems Pat

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      I have taken Vesicare (worked for quite a while), oxybutinin (didn't work at all), and am now on Trospium Chloride (still not working).   I was told by the hospital that the trospium is the best one for the problem, but the dose cannot be increased.  

      From your post I gather you are taking BOTH oxybutinin and trospium at the same time!  Is this correct?  And does it work better than each on their own?

       I've just been reading about Betmiga in these posts and will mention this when I go for my check-up next month.  

      I'm also at my wits end with this and all my other problems which the doctors don't appear know what to do about them.  All tests they do come back OK.  I'm suspecting CFS as I find I have most of the symptoms, and even this OAB might be connected.  I'm 72 but should still be able to have a reasonable life!

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      After all this time, Trospium is now working up to a point but doesn't last a full 24 hour period and can't increase the dose.  Still another month to wait before I see the specialist.  Will be 9 months since I last saw anyone with all the postponements of my appointments! frown

      I have recently had cattaracts removed from both eyes and now wonder whether any of the medication I've been on (Vesicare, Oxybutinin & Trospium) could have speeded up or even caused the problem?

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      Hi KathS

      I have been on full strength Vesicare for almost a year and the help is starting to wear off. The funny thing is that the consultant knows what I have been through with the bladder cancer and they know what is wrong now, yet he ignores it. The last test showed that the prostate has enlarged and is pushing against the bladder. As the bladder has little room, it is now holding less fluid.

      It doesn't make sense, does it?

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      Hi Mark

      No, it certainly doesn't make sense as I'm sure there must be some medication to shrink the prostate.  My husband has had trouble with his prostate in the past, although it wasn't anything to do with cancer, thank goodness but I'm sure they gave him something to help reduce it.  There was a lot of blood and large clots in his urine and tests showed an enlarged prostate.  He's not on doctor's medication for enlarged prostate at the moment as it's back to normal, although he swears by Saw Palmetto from the herbalists which has has taken ever since that episode and had no trouble.  He's out at the moment but I'll ask him if he can remember what they gave him.

      I do understand what you mean by the bladder not having as much room as it should, as I think my problem is similar to yours but it's my bowel that's pushing up against the bladder.  I had a total hysterectomy in 1991 so everything inside has fallen to take the place of the uterus.  I suffer with IBS and the medication for IBS tends to harden the faeces, which I think is pushing against my bladder.

      It might be worth enquiring with either your doctor, or a trusted herbalist, if Saw Palmetto would be helpful to you.

       

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      Hi Mark

      My husband says the doctor put him on Alfuzosin and he's actually STILL on it (started in 2003).  If you Google Alfuzosin it says it's for enlargement of the prostate gland in men so I can't understand why your doctor hasn't prescribed it, or at least something similar.  Maybe you're already on medication which prohibits taking this type of medication?  If I were you I'd ask your doctor for an explanation of why he/she hasn't prescribed Alfuzosin for your similar problem.

       

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    Hi Pat, I had problems taking Tropsium and Oxybutin too with them affecting my vision.  I have been taking Betmiga now for a few months without any bad side affects.  They have helped a little while I was taking them and my hospital consultant said it was probably the best I could hope for, but recently I lost my pills and so wasn't taking them and it may just be temporary, but I have had an improvement and have hardly leaked at all.  Usually I have a really bad time with leakage, even with the Betmiga as I normally wear pads day and night and have often had bad leaks that require a change of underwear and sometimes other clothes, so, at the moment I am very pleased.

    I would have liked to try botox, but because of ne of the ops I've had, I couldn't have it.  As I once said, I would try putting a stick of rhubarb up my nose if I was told it would help.

    If I were you, I would give Betmiga a go, you won't lose anything by trying them and if they don't work, there are new drugs coming up all the time which could help in the future.  They may even be the answer to your prayers, as they have helped many women.

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      Hello Marie,

      Thanks so much for your reply. Glad to know it is not just me re the antichlogernics! I am going back to my Dr. after giving my system a rest from the other drugs and hope to try Betmiga. It is a different class of drug and my help. I am not quite as bad as you are, but nevertheless it is a problem.  I believe the Betmiga takes time to work whilst the other meds seemed to help straight away. You can't win really! I wish you luck and would be pleased to hear your progress!

      Thanks again Pat.

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    By the way, will let you know on here after a while if I need to start taking Betmiga again because I'm having leakage again or whether I am still not taking them because I can be normal without pads and incontinence.

    Good luck

    Marie

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    Hi Pat, Just to let you know that I shall be going back on Betmiga, unfortunately, I wasn't cured, and my incontinence slowly got worse without the tablets, although I was fine at first, like I said and better than when I was taking them, just hope it won't take too long for them to work again.
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