Boston, MA (PressExposure) March 20, 2012 -- The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study that botulinum toxin (BOTOX) has a new and evidently safe use for urinary incontinence.
As reported in the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Monday, March 19, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/one-weird-cure-for-an-overactive-bladder), the four-year study involved 240 women with severe DO who had failed to get better after two different drug treatments. They found one treatment with BOTOX was very effective to clear symptoms of "detrusor overactivity" (DO), which is when the bladder muscle being overactive and contracting at random moments.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin reports that patients in the study were able to pass water one or two times less often during the day. They also experienced far fewer bad feelings of urgency and having to rush to the bathroom.
Botox meant that that urgency dropped from six times a day to about one a day. Plus, four in 10 women become completely normal, without bladder problems, after six weeks. One-third was normal six months after treatment. (BOTOX benefits seemed to wear off after six months.)
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin also reported, however, that the study did yield some negative results as well. About one in eight women had some difficulty emptying their bladder at some time in the six months after treatment. This was because the bladder muscle was paralyzed. This was treated by teaching the women to use disposable catheters. But this side effect wore off about half a year later.
This was the first clinical trial of botulinum toxin in women with DO. It provides a large body of evidence detailing how effective and safe botulinum toxin treatment may be. The effects appear much greater than a six-month course of drugs. So BOTOX may turn out to be a more inexpensive way of treating this common condition.
(SOURCE: Dowson, C., et al., "Repeated Botulinum Toxin Type A Injections for Refractory Overactive Bladder: Medium- Term Outcomes, Safety Profile, and Discontinuation Rates," European Urology, Apr. 2012; 61: e23-e40.)
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