Can Botox Help With An Overactive Bladder? - Somerset Urological Associates

Can Botox Help With An Overactive Bladder?

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An overactive bladder is a group of symptoms together that are related to the general function of your bladder. It is commonly associated with a frequent urge to urinate, urinating eight or more times a day or leaking urine at different times of the day. There is a chance you have an overactive bladder if you suffer from any of these symptoms. The good news is there are a few different ways to deal with an overactive bladder, including using Botox. Below we explain just how Botox can help treat an overactive bladder.

How to Manage an Overactive Bladder

Most of the time, when you are diagnosed with an overactive bladder your doctor will give a few different types of treatment options that all have to do with calming the nerves and muscles around your bladder. The usual treatment options include different types of drugs in the form of tablets, pills or patches to help control your overactive bladder. If those drugs don’t help your overactive bladder at all, nor do other treatment options, you should consider using Botox to help with your overactive bladder.

How Botox for an Overactive Bladder Is Given

The Botox injection that you will receive for your overactive bladder will be given in your doctor’s office and will not take too long. The injection will go directly into your bladder muscle and it will require you to wait for about a half hour after the injection. It is necessary that you wait because it allows your doctor to make sure your body can tolerate the Botox injection and that there are no problems or complications. More often than not, treatments are successful for patients and the effects of the Botox injection for your overactive bladder will last for up to 8 months. As long as you keep your treatments at least 12 weeks apart, there is no limit to how long you can use this treatment option.

Is Botox Effective for an Overactive Bladder?

Roughly two weeks after your Botox injection for you overactive bladder, you will begin to notice it work and feel some relief. It also has been shown that Botox injections are definitely an effective method for combating overactive bladders. Botox injections work just as well, if not better, than all the drugs that are used for urinary incontinence. In addition, it has been proven extremely effective for women suffering from an overactive bladder.

Are There Any Side Effects From Botox?

Although Botox injections have been shown to help treat overactive bladders and manage all symptoms, we should mention a few side effects. The side effects are more prevalent in women than in men. In women, the Botox injection treatment method created a higher number of urinary tract infections compared to women who used other types of anticholinergic pills or tablets. Anyone who uses pills or tablets as a treatment option is more susceptible to having dry mouth, which Botox injections don’t cause.

Urinary Incontinence Treatment in New Jersey

If you are someone who suffers from an overactive bladder, it can be something that affects your daily life. On top of it being inconvenient to have to frequently use the bathroom, it can be painful or embarrassing. In New Jersey, there is no one better at treating urinary incontinence, or an overactive bladder, than the experienced physicians at Somerset Urological Associates in Somerville. We also offer other services and procedures for any of your urological needs. To learn more about SUA, or to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us today.