Treating Urinary Incontinence & Overactive Bladder Symptoms with Botox
For women who have failed to become continent with the use of anticholinergic medication, Botox injections can help overcome urinary incontinence and overactive bladder symptoms.
Botox injections have proven to significantly reduce symptoms by relaxing the muscles of the bladder and increase the bladder’s storage capacity.
The non-invasive procedure involves the injection of bulking agents, like collagen or other materials, into the tissue that surrounds the urethra or directly into the bladder.
In early 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the approved use of Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) to treat adults with overactive bladder who cannot use or do not adequately respond to anticholinergic medications – commonly used to block involuntary movements of the muscles associated with certain conditions such as incontinence.
The drug was previously FDA-approved to treat urinary incontinence due to overactive bladder related to nerve damage from conditions such as multiple sclerosis and spine injury.
Botox treatments do not cure urinary incontinence and – much like the use of Botox for facial wrinkles – reapplication of the drug is required every eight months to a year.