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Inability to Urinate (cont.)

Inability to Urinate Treatment

Self-Care at Home

Acute urinary retention requires immediate drainage for relief and thus a visit to your health-care provider or a hospital emergency department. You can try very limited care at home, but do not delay medical evaluation if you are in pain. Try sitting in a bathtub full of warm water or running the water in the bathroom to stimulate the flow of urine.

If a medication is thought to be the cause of urinary retention, your doctor may recommend to discontinue it and monitor for any improvement.

People with limited mobility (for example, after a medical illness or a surgery with prolonged recovery period) resulting in inability to urinate can be encouraged to get up and walk, as this increased activity may facilitate urination.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/5/2014

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