Experimental Drug Targets Overactive Bladder
Mirabegron Is the First Drug in a New Class of OAB Medications
OAB Affects Quality of Life
Donnica Moore, MD, a women's health expert and president of Sapphire Women's Health Group in Far Hills, N.J., agrees that untreated OAB can have a devastating effect on a person’s quality of life.
“People with mild OAB may be waking two or three times a night to use a toilet, and that means sleep is significantly disrupted,” she says. “If you have moderate to severe OAB, you may be going to the bathroom several times and hour, and you have to know where all bathrooms are at all times.”
“This becomes a huge issue of convenience, embarrassment, and social disruption,” she says.
“Any time a new treatment becomes available, it increases the number of choices we have to provide optimal therapy to more OAB patients,” she says.
This study was presented at a medical conference. The findings should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.