New Treatment for Frequent Urination

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a nasal spray for the treatment of frequent urination at night. the spray, called Noctiva (desmopressin acetate), decreases the production of urine by causing the kidneys to absorb more water during the night A twelve-week clinical trial was conducted in over one thousand adults aged fifty and older. The frequency of night-time urination was decreased by fifty percent in people who took Noctiva during the trial. The medication should be taken thirty minutes before bedtime and reportedly may cause side effects such as dizziness, and nasal congestion, and increased blood pressure.

Nocturnal polyuria is the medical term for excessive urination at night. it occurs when the body produces more urine at night than the bladder is able to hold. It may be triggered by factors such as night-time administration of a diuretic("water-pill"), untreated diabetes, and overactive bladder.