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  • Sudafed & decongestants

    I've seen many people on this forum say that Sudafed and other decongestants cause them to have urinary hesitancy/retention. Does your hesitancy/retention go away when you stop taking the decongestant, or has it had a permanent effect?

    My guess is that it's just temporary for most people. But I get an unusual reaction to Sudafed -- it actually makes my frequency & pain go way down, but has left me with long-term urinary hesitancy, even after I stopped taking it.
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    If it's caused by the medication, the side effects almost always go away within days after the medication is stopped. There may be another reason for the hesitancy?

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      Hmm, before I knew I had IC, I avoided taking decongestants bc they gave me the opposite problem.. I would have night sweats & often wake up mid-way through wetting myself. I only have this problem when taking decongestants like Sudafed.
      I wonder if it left you with a long-term problem because the bladder is a muscle, and so has muscle memory.. maybe it's become a habit for the bladder to be hesitant now and they need to be retrained?