Anticholinergics are a class of drugs that affect your nerves. Since the involuntary muscles in the bowels and urinary tract are all nerve based, doctors often prescribe Anticholinergics to help victims of incontinence.
The problem, however, is that these kind of drugs don’t solve the problem – they help to resolve a symptom. And if you do find that these drugs solve your incontinence problem, the only way you’ll be cured forever is if you take them forever.
Leaking urine is not the problem, it is the symptom of the problem. The real problem is that the muscles surrounding the bladder have gotten weak. These nerve blockers do not make your muscles stronger.
One of the side-effects of these Anticholinergic drugs is urine retention. That’s the reason they are prescribed. They actually have a lot of side effects. You know what happens to a side effect once you stop taking the medication – it goes away.
These nerve blocking drugs may be just what you need in the short term, especially if you couple them with pelvic floor therapy – but don’t let a doctor prescribe them to you as the cure for your problem.