The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved the use of Botox in treating bladder control problems such as over activity. According to a statement released by the FDA, this move will offer some relief in cases where other drugs have been ineffective or failed entirely in treating bladder control. Some studies have proven that Botox injections relax bladder muscles and significantly increase the bladder’s capacity to hold urine for long.
30 Million Americans Suffer from Overactive Bladders
While releasing news of the approval of Botox as an incontinence treatment, FDA official Dr. Hylton Joffe indicated that the government agency conducted several clinical studies before reaching their decision. According to Mr. Joffe, Botox treatments will be a vital additional treatment alternative for over thirty million American adults who suffer from overactive bladders.
Dr. Simon Ourian, founder of Epione Beverly Hills sees a very high ceiling for using Botox for non-cosmetic purposes. “It hurts to see people struggle with bladder issues. I have seen that these treatments make a difference in a lot of cases.”
Botox – An Option for Incontinence
In order to understand the benefits the approval of Botox as an incontinence treatment option, it is important to establish how the drug works. Botox is a type of anticholinergics medication. This means that it has the ability to hinder the transmission of nerve impulses in soft muscles in the human body. Therefore, Botox can regulate the frequency with which muscles contract. Most cases of incontinence occur when sudden spasms in the bladder muscles lead to bladder leakage. Botox can control how often such spasms occur thereby eliminating the need to urinate frequently.
Currently, most incontinence patients rely on various forms of anticholinergic prescriptions such as pills that have some of the medical benefits of Botox. However, studies conducted by the FDA established that nearly half of these patients stop taking their prescriptions due complications such as drug intolerance. These studies also compared the efficacy of Botox as an incontinence treatment with other medications over a 6-month period and established that Botox had more positive and long lasting results. Previous studies conducted by the Chicago Stritch School of Medicine had also suggested that Botox is two times more likely to reduce bladder leaking than other anticholinergics.
One of the reasons why Botox is successful in treating bladder control is the fact that patients can repeat Botox treatments several times if the first course of treatment is not sufficient. Health experts recommend that patients should only receive additional treatments after 12 weeks in order to give doctors sufficient time to assess the effectiveness of the former treatment round.
High Success Rate of Botox
In spite of the high treatment success rate of Botox, studies have shown that patients may experience side effects such as urinary tract infections. In order to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections, doctors can administer treatments for any preexisting infections before starting Botox treatments.
See Your Doctor
Please see your doctor to explore if Botox is the right treatment for you. The Food and Drug Administration has recommended suitable doses for treating bladder control. These dosages can effectively treat bladder problem in a period of between three and ten months depending on the specific treatment needs of different patients.