Do you suffer from the following:
- Overactive bladder symptoms such as a strong need to urinate with leakage or wetting accidents, going too often, and the strong, sudden need to go in adults 18 years and older when another type of medication (anticholinergic) does not work well enough or cannot be taken
- Leakage of urine (incontinence) in adults 18 years and older with overactive bladder caused by a neurologic disease who still have leakage or cannot tolerate the side effects after trying an anticholinergic medication
Women’s Clinic of Lincoln offers BOTOX®, a prescription medicine that is injected into the bladder muscle can be used for overactive bladder symptoms. BOTOX® works for up to 6 months, which is why re-treatment is about 2 times a year.
Safety and side effects:
It’s always important to consider the potential side effects of any medication and equally weigh the benefits and risks with your doctor before making a decision.
The most common side effects after a BOTOX® treatment were:
- Urinary tract infection (18% vs 6% with placebo)
- Painful or difficult urination (9% vs 7% placebo)
- Temporary inability to empty your bladder, which may require the use of a self-catheter (6% vs 0% placebo)
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. It is important to talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have.
You should not receive BOTOX® if you:
- Currently have a urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Are not willing (or able) to use a disposable self-catheter if necessary