Myrbetriq to Treat Overactive Bladder

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  • Myrbetriq can ease symptoms of an overactive bladder. Find out more about this medication, including whether or not it's covered by Medicare and what side effect it might have.

Your doctor may recommend Myrbetriq if you experience an overactive bladder. This prescription drug comes in a 25 mg or 50 mg extended-release tablet to be taken once a day. It may help with overactive bladder symptoms such as a strong, uncontrollable urge to urinate, urinary incontinence or frequent urination.

How Does Myrbetriq Work?

The active ingredient in Myrbetriq, mirabegron, interacts with receptors in the bladder. As a result, you won't feel as strong of an urge to urinate and your bladder capacity may expand. It usually takes about 2 months to notice these effects after you begin taking the medication. You should not crush, break or chew the tablet. You should take it with a full glass of water but don't have to take it with food.

Does Myrbetriq Cause Side Effects?

Some side effects you may experience with Myrbetriq include constipation, joint pain, back pain, dizziness, mouth dryness and headache.  It can also cause high blood pressure, so you'll need to monitor for this side effect with doctor's appointments if necessary. You should not take Myrbetriq if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

How Much Does Myrbetriq Cost With Medicare?

If you have Medicare Advantage or Part D, your plan may cover the full cost of Myrbetriq once you meet your deductible. Prior to the deductible, you may pay an average of about $462 for a 30-day supply of the 25-mg version, according to data from Drugs.com. Your plan's formulary, or drug list, determines coverage, but most do pay 100% of the cost of Myrbetriq after deductibles are met. 

Does Overactive Bladder Go Away?

Overactive bladder usually causes chronic symptoms, which means they do not ever fully go away. However, taking medication such as Myrbetriq may help reduce the impact of the condition on your life. You can do muscle exercises called Kegels to strengthen your pelvic floor, which may also alleviate overactive bladder.

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