Botox May Soon Have Another Medicinal Purpose Treating Urinary Incontinence
- Posted on: Aug 10 2011
It is often assumed that Botox serves only aesthetic purposes. However, it has been approved by the FDA to treat migraine headaches, and it looks like it may soon have another medicinal purpose. New data published suggests that it may be effectively used in the treatment of urinary incontinence.
Botox and Its Potential New Medicinal Purpose
The Irish Medicines Board has been conducting studies on the use of Botox to treat Multiple Sclerosis patients and individuals with spinal cord injuries for urinary incontinence.
The way Botox works for this purpose is when it is injected into the bladder muscle, which tightens as a result. The contractions that often occur with these conditions are decreased or eliminated completely.
There were 700 participants in the European clinical trial that was conducted. The results were favorable and there is hope that this will become a mainstream treatment in Europe in the near future. If this occurs, it may come to North America after.