Study Tests Drug for Women With Bladder Problems

It’s estimated that some 40 percent of all adult women will have problems at one time or another in “making it on time” to the bathroom. A condition that is under-recognized and under-treated, b ladder problems can arise from a number of conditions - from stress to weight gain to child birth, to diabetes – to aging in general.

Most people who have a bladder control problem probably don’t need a specialist,” according to Rebecca Rogers, M.D. and principal investigator in a national study which is testing a new medication that helps people control strong urges to empty the bladder. “My patients say that it is a condition that doesn’t kill you, but it can take your life away,” she said.

The Division for Women’s Health Research at the University of New Mexico Department of Ob/GYN is seeking women to participate in a study investigating a drug that helps stop sudden urges to urinate with unwanted urinary leakage.

No visit to a specialist is necessary. The initial screening is done over the phone. The study is a 12 week trial involving taking either the new study medication or placebo (sugar pill). At the end of the 12 week trial, participants will be given the opportunity to participate in a nine-month, open label study to receive the medication under medical supervision as well as to have an evaluation by a urogynecologist if symptoms do not improve over the course of the study.

Women 18 years of age or older who experience strong urges to urinate with unwanted urinary leakage, are eligible. Participants will be compensated for their time.
Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322

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