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Topical Gel Treatment for Urge Urinary Incontinence

Posted May 05 2009 4:34pm

The results of a new study presented last week at the 2009 American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting, proved that a topical gel treatment considerably improves the occurrence of urge urinary incontinence episodes for women with overactive bladder.

Overactive Bladder or urge urinary incontinence is the second most common type of incontinence; basically this condition is caused by a problem with the messages between the bladder and the brain.

The bladder may tell the brain it is full too early, the bladder muscle squeezes and empties the bladder completely - often before you have a chance to get to a toilet.

The study evaluated the efficacy and safety of a treatment using an oxybutynin chloride topical gel applied once daily to rotating sites on the abdomen, upper arm/shoulder, and thigh.

Since January 2009, Oxybutynin chloride gel was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for treatment of urge urinary incontinence in men and women.

Lead researcher Roger Dmochowski, MD, from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Nashville, Tennessee, presented the study results on April 28th and noted:

“Significantly more women achieved complete urinary continence with oxybutynin gel than with placebo — with ‘complete continence’ defined as no urinary incontinent episodes recorded in the 3-day urinary diary at any time after the study began.”

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