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US regulator approves Botox to treat specific form of urinary incontinence

Posted Sep 09 2011 1:37am
Incontinence Products for Women

Issue Codes Incontinence Products for Women

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Botox as a treatment for a particular type of urinary incontinence that affects some people with neurologic conditions, such as spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis.

These patients are prone to overactive bladder, as they may experience uninhibited bladder contractions.

Some patients benefit from medication to ease their adult incontinence and reduce their reliance on incontinence pants , such as Ganmill Ladies Pants Ultra , while others require a catheter.

However, research shows that injections of Botox into the bladder can help to increase its storage capacity and ease incontinence .

“Urinary incontinence associated with neurologic conditions can be difficult to manage,” said FDA spokesman George Benson.

“Botox offers another treatment option for these patients.”

Dr Victor Nitti, vice-chairman of the urology department at New York University’s Langone Medical Centre, said that urinary incontinence is often considered a “taboo” subject.

He revealed: “Studies have shown that many patients are undiagnosed and under-treated because they are too embarrassed to talk to their doctor about their symptoms.”

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