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Botox is widely recognized as the world’s most popular way to zap wrinkles— but did you know that the wrinkle fighter also hosts a range of medical benefits to its name? In addition to treating excessive sweating and migraines, Botox has recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of certain conditions of urinary incontinence. The new approval provides a valuable treatment option to a range of patients suffering from urinary incontinence and further credits Botox as a useful injectable for both medical and cosmetic purposes.
Urinary incontinence is characterized by a person’s loss of bladder control. It can range from occasional leaks while sneezing or coughing to the sudden urge to urinate without being able to make it to the bathroom in time. Obviously, urinary incontinence can be an embarrassing problem. Until this point, the most common ways to treat urinary incontinence was through regular bladder-relaxing medication or a catheter. Botox now presents a new way to cope with urinary continence. The Botox treatment is limited to people who suffer from urinary incontinence due to a neurological condition, like a spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis.
George Benson, deputy director of the FDA, said that Botox has been found effective for urinary incontinence by injecting a form of Botox, onabotulinumtoxinA, directly into the bladder. The Botox increases the bladder’s storage capacity and relaxes the bladder’s muscle, making the urge to urinate less extreme. During clinical trials of 691 patients with urinary incontinence due to neurological conditions, significant improvements were shown when the patients were injected with Botox.
Although there were certainly be skeptics about using Botox for bladder control, the reasoning behind the new treatment is quite logical. Botox is classified as a neurotoxin that literally relaxes muscles. Since frown lines, crow’s feet, and other wrinkles are actually caused by contracted muscles, Botox effectively reduces the appearances of the lines. Botox is also used in patients who suffer from muscle spasms. As for the bladder, much of the discomfort from urinary incontinence is caused by tense muscles in the area. Botox successfully reduces these unpleasant symptoms by relaxing the bladder. Prospective patients can look forward to effective urinary incontinence treatment without having to rely on pesky daily medications or an unsightly and bothersome catheter.
The most common adverse reactions from Botox injections to the bladder were urinary tract infections and urinary retention. This marks Botox’s seventh FDA-approved medical usage and the first neurotoxin solution used for urological treatment. If you’d like to learn about Botox usages, contact our representatives today. We’ll be happy to set up a free consultation with a Botox specialist in your area.