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Debbie Matenopoulos Talks With A Retiree On What it Means to Have a Bladder that is Overactive

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It’s that time in our lives where we start noticing the changes that tend to be more common as we age. When it comes to the bladder, these changes can be hard to process since having urine leak can be startling and embarrassing.

Television host and journalist Debbie Matenopoulos is helping bring awareness to this topic to educate about overactive bladder, also known as OAB, which can be marked by symptoms of urgency, using the restroom frequently throughout the day and leaking urine. 1,2 Though Matenopoulos isn’t personally impacted by OAB, she’s passionate about shedding light on the topic to help diffuse some of the embarrassment that can prevent women from discussing it with friends, loved ones or a health care provider. 2,3

In a recent interview, Matenopoulos talked with Marie, a retiree who began noticing she was using the restroom more and more frequently in her 50s and was later diagnosed by her physician with overactive bladder. Marie, along with women’s healthcare expert Jo Ann Fisher, NP, share their experience with OAB symptoms, covering what to look for and what you can do about it in the interview with Matenopoulos. Watch the interview here:

You can also visit myrbetriq.com for more information.


MYRBETRIQ® (mirabegron extended-release tablets) is a prescription medicine for adults used to treat overactive bladder (OAB) with symptoms of urgency, frequency and leakage.


Do not take MYRBETRIQ if you are allergic to mirabegron or any ingredients in MYRBETRIQ.

MYRBETRIQ may cause your blood pressure to increase or make your blood pressure worse if you have a history of high blood pressure. You and your doctor should check your blood pressure while you are taking MYRBETRIQ. Call your doctor if you have increased blood pressure.

MYRBETRIQ may increase your chances of not being able to empty your bladder. Tell your doctor right away if you have trouble emptying your bladder or you have a weak urine stream.

MYRBETRIQ may cause an allergic reaction with swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue with or without difficulty breathing. Stop using MYRBETRIQ and go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including medications for overactive bladder or other medicines especially thioridazine (Mellaril™ and Mellaril-S™), flecainide (Tambocor®), propafenone (Rythmol®), digoxin (Lanoxin®) or solifenacin succinate (VESIcare®). MYRBETRIQ may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how MYRBETRIQ works.

Before taking MYRBETRIQ, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you have liver or kidney problems.

The most common side effects of MYRBETRIQ include high blood pressure, pain or swelling of the nose or throat (nasopharyngitis), urinary tract infection, and headache.

For further information, please talk to your healthcare professional and see accompanying Patient Product Information and complete Prescribing Information for MYRBETRIQ® (mirabegron extended-release tablets).

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‐800‐FDA‐1088.

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