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Can botox help treat an overactive bladder?

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Botox, more commonly known for removing wrinkles, can be injected into the bladder muscle, causing it to relax. This can increase capacity in the bladder and lessen contractions. Botox is only recommended for people who can't control symptoms with behavioral therapies or oral medications.

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Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Smith, P. , 2006. Canadian Medical Association Journal

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Clearinghouse: "Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Women."

Sussman, D. , 2007. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

Epstein, B. , 2006. American Family Physician

Ouslander, G. , 2004. The New England Journal of Medicine

Semins, M. 2004. Nature Clinical Practice,

Kennelly, M. 2008. Reviews in Urology,

News release, FDA.

Dworkin, R. April 2010.

Cruz, CD. Dec. 2008. ,

American Urological Association: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Overactive Bladder (Non-Neurogenic) in Adults: AUA/SUFU Guideline."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 10, 2018

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