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  • Passing slightly less urine than usual

  • Frequent urination

  • Haven't passed urine in more than 12 hours

  • Difficult to urinate after vigorous exercise

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is Drug-Induced urinary retention?

This condition occurs when patients have trouble urinating after taking specific medications. Middle-aged men with an enlarged prostate are more susceptible to this condition.

Symptoms of Drug-Induced urinary retention

  • Decrease in urine volume

  • Needing to pass urine again, despite just passing less than 2 hours ago

  • Frequent urination

Questions your doctor may ask to check for Drug-Induced urinary retention

  • Are you urinating less?

  • Have you felt urge to pass urine again, within 2 hours after using the bathroom?

  • Are you urinating more frequently than usual?

Treatment for Drug-Induced urinary retention

Symptoms should get better after stopping the problematic medication. In severe cases that lead to damage of the kidneys or severe pain, a catheter tube can be inserted to drain the urine and clear the obstruction while the medication wears off.

View the symptoms of Drug-Induced Urinary Retention

  • Low urine output

  • Frequent urination

Diseases related to Drug-Induced Urinary Retention

References

  • Verhamme KM, Sturkenboom MC, Stricker BH, Bosch R. Drug-induced urinary retention: incidence, management and prevention. Drug Saf. 2008;31(5):373-88. doi: 10.2165/00002018-200831050-00002. PMID: 18422378.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18422378/

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Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

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After graduating from Tokyo Women's Medical University School of Medicine, Dr. Saito worked at Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital, Toda Chuo General Hospital, Tokyo Women's Medical University Yachiyo Medical Center, and Ako Chuo Hospital before becoming Deputy Director (current position) at Takasaki Tower Clinic Department of Ophthalmology and Urology in April 2020.

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