Botox is now one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures in the United States, and offers several benefits for those who want to get rid of wrinkles and improve their looks without surgery. However, Botox has also been used for many medicinal purposes over the past few decades. Botulinum toxin has been used to treat excessive underarm sweating and also to reduce migraine. A recent study now suggests that Botox can be used to treat an overactive bladder.
Researchers in Great Britain have found that Botox injections improved the symptoms of 34 patients with overactive bladders, and also improved their quality of life for up to six months. Results of the study were published in the BJU International Journal, and research was conducted at King’s College in London.
Patients received a series of 20 injections through the bladder wall to help immobilize various bladder muscles. Botox works by paralyzing the muscle it is injected into, and in cases of an overactive bladder, can help to reduce muscle spasms that trigger common symptoms. By combining Botox injections with natural treatments such as bladder training and pelvic floor exercises, some patients may be able to enjoy a better lifestyle and decrease anxiety and stress related to their condition.
In the United States, Botox is available for off-market use so researchers may go forth with testing Botox for overactive bladder problems.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Botox only for cosmetic use in the United States, but many physicians do administer Botox to treat other conditions, and are licensed to do so. However, there is no guarantee that this is 100 percent safe, as short term and long-term side effects of Botox for uses outside of cosmetic procedures have not been documented or studied extensively.