Botox for the Bladder

It's the most potent poison on earth and people are using it to make those pesky wrinkles go away. Botox can get rid of laugh lines and is now being used to treat tremors in Parkinson's patients. Now research is showing it could be the solution to Incontinence.

For some patients diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which can cause patients to develop a spastic bladder, Botox has made many excited. Botox, which is a diluted toxin that can cause Botulism, has been used to treat over a hundred patients so far.

The outpatient procedure takes about 10 minutes under mild intravenous sedation. Some patients need two to three Botox treatments over the course of several months.

Although the use of Botox is still considered "Cosmetic" and not covered by insurance, many patients say the $1,000 price tag per injection is well worth it.

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What is BOTOX?

BOTOX has been used for more than 15 years to help people with problems like crossed-eyes and twitching of the face and eyelids. In the past five years, it has been successfully used to treat spasticity in children with cerebral palsy.

Ophthalmologists have used Botox safely for more than 10 years. It has been used for wrinkle therapy since the early 1990s with no serious side effects documented.

How does BOTOX work?

BOTOX injections relax the muscles that create wrinkles, thereby lessening the appearance of frown lines, laugh lines and crow's feet. After a BOTOX injection, for example, you are no longer able to frown, so the lines created by frowning are eliminated.

A small amount of BOTOX is injected right into the muscles that are
responsible for creating wrinkles. BOTOX effectively inactivates the muscles that produce wrinkles, thereby causing lines to disappear or diminish dramatically.

Some of the common areas treated include crow's feet, frown lines, laugh lines and forehead wrinkles.

How often is treatment needed?

BOTOX is not a cure. A treatment is quick and results usually last three to six months. After that you may return for a follow-up injection. Some doctors report that after several treatments, the effect of BOTOX appears to last longer, often up to several months.

Treatment with BOTOX can typically be repeated as long as you continue to respond and you do not have a serious allergic reaction. Acceptable safety in long-term treatment has been well established. However, formal clinical evaluations of long-term treatment have not been conducted.

The most common complication, when used to treat wrinkles, is a slight, temporary drooping of the eyelid. BOTOX is used in extremely small amounts, only effects the muscles in which it is injected and does not spread throughout the body, so you can return to full activity immediately.

Source: www.botox.com; www.csaps.ca/botox.htm contributed to this report


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