Appropriate pharmacotherapy for nocturia in elderly patients reduces urinary frequency, thereby improving sleep and health-related quality of life


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Abstract

Nocturia in the elderly is a disorder that affects health status and quality of life. It is caused by reduced nocturnal bladder capacity, nocturnal polyuria or a combination of both conditions. Elderly individuals with nocturia experience sleep impairment and nocturnal thirst and are at an increased risk of falls and injuries. Based on the underlying cause of nocturia, appropriate pharmacological treatment is selected from among such therapies as antimuscarinic drugs, drugs used to treat the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia and desmopressin

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