I have always had a love/hate relationship with Botox. Well, actually, it’s a hypothetical love/hate relationship because I’ve never actually had it injected into me, but considering how terrified I am of wrinkles, I can only assume I will be conflicted yet happily willing to do so. However, it could now begin gaining popularity in a different sect of people’s lives by helping those with incontinence issues. The Botox bladder control method has actually just been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The medicine, made by Allergen, may help adults who have had issues with other drugs or simply no luck with them. By being injected into the bladder, Botox helps people’s bladder relax, thus increasing its capacity to store urine. The FDA is optimistic that this will assist the millions of Americans who suffer from bladder control issues each year. Dr. Hylton V. Joffe, directed of the FDA’s reproductive and urologic products division, said:
“Clinical studies have demonstrated Botox’s ability to significantly reduce the frequency of urinary incontinence.Today’s approval provides an important additional treatment option for patients with overactive bladder, a condition that affects an estimated 33 million men and women in the United States.”
The World Health Organization says that incontinence is by and large a preventable and treatable condition, yet 33 million Americans still suffer from in, so it’s nice to see a more approvals and research done on the issue, as well as scientists thinking outside the box in order to use existing medicines even more effectively.