Urinary incontinence in the elderly is a common but typically remediable condition that is frequently managed by pharmacotherapy. However, because of age-related changes, the response to a specific dosage of a certain drug administered to an elderly person may be quite different than the response experienced by a younger individual. This article will review general principles of pharmacotherapy in the elderly patient and pharmacologic alternatives for the management of urge and stress urinary incontinence.
Reprint requests: Gamal M. Ghoniem, MD, FACS, Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Urology, 1430 Tulane Ave., SL-42, New Orleans, LA 70112.
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