Synchrony Pharmacy and Synchrony Rehab Collaborate on OAB Agents

Synchrony Pharmacy and Synchrony Rehab continue to collaborate to promote better outcomes and provide ongoing quality care.  Synchrony Pharmacy has provided information about overactive bladder (OAB) agents and the side effects rehab teams should take into consideration during therapy treatment sessions.  Communication between rehab, nursing, and the consultant pharmacist regarding resident performance and concerns can lead to better outcomes, increased safety, and improved quality of life.

Potential side effects of OAB agents that may impact therapy include:

  • Increased confusion and difficulty following directions
  • Fatigue and decreased level of alertness during therapy
  • Worsened eyesight and dizziness while participating in exercise
  • Joint pain causing them to have decreased physical function
  • Increased blood pressure or heart rate
  • Dry mouth leading to increased thirst throughout therapy

Role of Rehab:

  • Ask to have medications reviewed by physician, NP, or pharmacy.
  • Consider discussion with providers and pharmacy about increased risk of falls with certain medications.
  • Work with nursing and the consultant pharmacist on the timing of the medications to minimize side effects that may impact the ability to participate in therapy.
  • Discuss and educate about potential side effects with the resident and family.
  • Encourage patients to increase awareness and to ask questions regarding the medication they are prescribed.
  • Address medication management
    • Work with nursing to educate patients on dosages and timing.
    • Address cognition, vision, and fine motor deficits to promote safety and independence with self-administration when appropriate.