FDA approves first drug to limit frequent waking to urinate

Posted at 6:33 PM, Mar 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-06 18:33:14-05

This newly approved nasal spray treatment can help adults who suffer with a condition called Nocturia.

Nocturia is when you wake up during the night because you need to urinate.  This can be very disruptive to your sleep cycle.  This condition becomes more common as you age and causes for it range from poorly controlled diabetes, to diseases of the bladder or prostate.

The nasal spray works by making the kidneys absorb water.  This reduces how much urine you produce.   The spray is used roughly 30 minutes before going to bed.  A study showed patients had more nights with one or fewer night-time urinations.

To help you reduce the amount of nighttime bathroom trips, limit the amount of fluids you drink at night. Cut back on caffeinated drinks and alcohol as they are bladder stimulants.

You can also try elevating your legs, especially in the late afternoon as this helps stop fluid accumulation.

Wearing compression stockings can also help with fluid accumulation, as well as taking any diuretic medication six hours before you go to bed.

The nasal spray comes with the FDA’s strongest warning, a black box warning. This drug can lower your sodium levels in your blood to dangerous levels. You could also experience dizziness, back pain and nose bleeds.  Be sure to thoroughly review this new spray with your doctor to see if it’s right for you.