Frequent urination

Also known as Urinary urgency and Feeling of having to pee all the time

Frequent urination, or urinary frequency, is the need to urinate more often than usual. It is often, though not necessarily, associated with urinary incontinence and polyuria (large total volume of urine). However, in other cases, urinary frequency involves only normal volumes of urine overall.

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What causes it?

The most common causes of frequent urination are urinary tract infection, cystitis, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (bph). Other possible causes, such as pyelonephritis, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with frequent urination, 74% report having painful urination, 32% report having involuntary urination, and 29% report having retention of urine.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with frequent urination often receive urinalysis, pelvis exam, standard pregnancy test, prostate specific antigen measurement, rectal examination, ultrasonography, microscopic examination (bacterial smear; culture; toxicology) and hemoglobin a1c measurement .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with frequent urination include ciprofloxacin, phenazopyridine (azo), nitrofurantoin, tolterodine (detrol), oxybutynin, solifenacin (vesicare), darifenacin (enablex), dutasteride (avodart), alfuzosin (uroxatral), fesoterodine (toviaz), silodosin (rapaflo), pentosan polysulphate sodium (elmiron) and trimethoprim .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for frequent urination include age 75+ years. On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get frequent urination.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.5x
5-14 years
0.6x
15-29 years
1.0x
30-44 years
0.9x
45-59 years
1.0x
60-74 years
1.3x
75+ years
1.6x

Sex

Male
0.8x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.0x
Hispanic
0.8x
White
1.0x
Other
1.1x
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