The Straits Times
Published on Oct 04, 2012

Botox useful in battling bladder problems : study


NEW YORK - Botox, the drug more popularly known as a wrinkle buster, can also help fight overactive bladder problems in women, a United States (US) government-funded study suggests.

A single injection of Botox into a woman's bladder reduces urinary incontinence as effectively as daily drugs and is better at resolving the problem, Bloomberg reported, citing the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The results were presented on Thursday at the American Urogynecologic Society meeting in Chicago.

Urinary incontinence affects about 16 per cent of American women. While the cause isn't always known, pregnancy, childbirth and ageing all contribute to its development, Botox, a purified form of the botulinum toxin, was injected into the bladder to paralyse the overactive muscles.