• Dr. Naureen Akhtar General Practitioner MBBS,MRCGP,DRCOG
Botox for overactive bladder

Botox is not only for wrinkles and facial lines. In 2013, the FDA extended the indication of Botox to include overactive bladder (OAB).

About Overactive Bladder

Botox for overactive bladder

Overactive bladder is not a disease. It’s a collection of symptoms associated to the function of the bladder.

Sudden urge to urinate. A person with OAB experience an urgent, overwhelming, intense need to urinate. It is so sudden that you have trouble reaching the toilet in time.

Urinary frequency. Within 24 hours, you don’t have to pee for more than eight times. If you keep on going to the bathroom, you may have OAB.

Disturbed sleep. Overactive bladder may disturb your sleep, making you wake up two or more times every night to pee. This symptom is called nocturia.

Urine leakage. Leaking urine is a sure sign that there’s something wrong. Leakage can be minimal like a few drops or they can be more serious.

Botox for Overactive Bladder

Botox has been approved to address OAB symptoms such as leakage, frequency and urgency in adults when medications such as anticholinergic doesn’t work well or can’t be taken.

Botox for overactive bladder is a unique approach that target the root cause of OAB – the bladder muscle itself. If you are diagnosed with OAB, Botox can greatly help your OAB symptoms.

Botox for overactive bladder targets the bladder muscle and nerves by blocking the signals that cause OAB. Specific body chemicals travel from your nerves to your muscle cells to trigger contraction of your bladder so you can urinate. But with OAB, your bladder muscles contract uncontrollably so you frequently feel like you need to urinate.

Botox can help calm the nerves that cause OAB, helping you reduce leakage episodes, lessen the frequency of your urination and resolve the intense need to empty the bladder right away.

Based on clinical trials, patients noticed that at week 12, their daily leakage episodes reduced by 50 percent or more after the Botox for overactive bladder treatment. About 1 in 4 patients reported they were no leakage episodes anymore. In this trial, the Botox treatment offered improvement of symptoms for up to 6 months.

The Positive Impact of Botox for Overactive Bladder

By significantly lessening leakage, Botox treatment can provide positive impact on your life.

First, there is no need for overplanning every single detail of your activity beforehand. Having an overactive bladder often cause avoidance and limiting behaviour because of worrying on the bathroom location or limiting how much liquid to drink.

Second, a person may feel worried or embarrassed that the symptoms such as leakage might be noticed by other people. Thanks to Botox, you’ll feel confident to go out without worries.

Lastly, having an OAB makes you frustrated or preoccupied with how your condition affects your daily decisions like what to wear, where to go and how you feel on your general wellbeing.