Do You Suffer From Symptoms of Incontinence?

BOTOX® Offers Relief for Overactive Bladder

Preparation of injectable medicines. The work of nurse in the hoMost people know BOTOX® can be used to treat certain types of wrinkles, but did you know it can also be used to treat overactive bladder? It’s true – the FDA has approved the use of BOTOX for the treatment of some types of overactive bladder (OAB). Here’s how it works:

The bladder is lined with muscles that help it contract and expel urine. Overactive bladder occurs when these muscles become overstimulated and begin firing off messages to the brain at random times. The result: Leakage – sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.

BOTOX® works by blocking nerve signals sent from the muscles to the brain. When those muscles can’t communicate with the brain, they can’t flex or contract. On the face, for instance, BOTOX® works by preventing the muscles of the forehead or around the eyes from sending nerve signals to the brain. That means when you smile, for instance, the muscles that would normally cause crow’s feet to form aren’t “told” to contract, and those little, crinkly lines don’t form.

In the bladder, BOTOX® does the same thing, only this time, it relaxes the bladder muscles – not too much, but just enough to help prevent the spasms that can cause leakage. The FDA has approved BOTOX® for OAB that occurs as a result of nerve damage, such as those with spinal injury or multiple sclerosis; but doctors can also use it for other kinds of OAB, based on a careful evaluation of the patient and the symptoms.

In fact, in one recent study of nearly 250 women with moderate to severe bladder incontinence, a single injection of BOTOX® was just as effective as pills at controlling OAB symptoms at six months, and more effective at 12 months after treatment. What’s more, women who received BOTOX® were twice as likely to report complete resolution of their symptoms compared to those who took oral medication.

To maintain the effects of BOTOX®, most women will need to have additional injections every nine months or so.

The bottom line: There are many options for dealing with overactive bladder; why live with symptoms? Schedule a consultation today and learn how we can help.
If you’re dealing with any type of incontinence, you owe it yourself and your health to be evaluated at the Incontinence Institute. Give us a call today at 1-800-771-1953 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Barry Jarnagin or Dr. Melissa Kaufman.

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