The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first ever treatment for people who get up to urinate at night.
Noctiva is a nasal spray, designed to be taken twice-daily, that increases absorption of liquid into the kidneys, slowing urine production.Its approval comes after two 12-week clinical trials testing the product on patients with nocturia, showing it halved the number of nighttime bathroom visits for most participants.Nocturia is the technical name for people whose nocturnal urge to wee is so strong that it disrupts their sleep.It is a kind of urinary incontinence that affects 200 million people worldwide, and around 25 million Americans. Before the trial started, all of the participants would wake up at least twice a night to urinate.It could be for a number of reasons.
The condition is a symptom of the muscles of the bladder becoming weaker and less efficient, and less able to support a bladder that is nearly full.
It tends to become more common with age, affected men and women alike.A typical cause of nocturia is a bladder infection, like a urinary tract infection.Other common causes include bladder prolapse, tumors of the bladder or pelvic area, diabetes, anxiety, kidney infection, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease.
For men, chronic cases may stem from benign enlargement of the prostate gland, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
That means the prostate, a walnut-shaped shaped gland that sits below the bladder and produces semen, becomes obstructive.The prostate tends to grow with age, squashing the urethra and obstructing the flow when you urinate, causing lower urinary tract symptoms.
It can cause issues around the clock.But for most patients it get particularly troublesome at night – something to do with lying down and lacking in distractions, though scientists are not exactly sure why.Many men take hormones to shrink the prostate, or get keyhole surgery to remove excess tissue.However, while these treatments can stem some discomfort, it tends not to alleviate nocturnia.
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