Botox for Overactive Bladder?

Medically Reviewed

Those same injections used for Hollywood frown lines may be the answer to your incontinence. Botulinum toxin is a potentially deadly, bacterial-derived toxin that causes muscle paralysis; as Botox, it has been purified to a medical grade. When injected in tiny, carefully targeted doses, treatment with the toxin has been found to be extraordinarily useful for treating a variety of medical and cosmetic conditions.

Botox can be used to temporarily paralyze overactive muscles causing spasticity from cerebral palsy or strokes, spasms of the vocal cords, torticollis (twisted neck), writer’s cramp, migraine headache, dynamic facial wrinkling (worry lines, frown lines, crow’s feet) and even excessive sweating.

Treatment effects are temporary, usually lasting about 6 to 9 months, at which time it needs to be repeated. In addition to preventing nerves from activating muscles, the drug may also prevent nerves from releasing pain-causing chemicals.

Botox for overactive bladder

The drug can be injected beneath the lining of the bladder in a simple office procedure. The effects of the drug last anywhere from six to nine months and then it has to be injected again. The potential success rate is between 60 and 80 percent on limiting or eliminating urgency symptoms. There is a risk of transient urinary retention but the overall safety profile of bladder Botox therapy appears excellent.