Overactive Bladder? Botox to the Rescue!

Jennifer Galvan

by Jennifer Galvan | August 5, 2011 @ 12:00PM

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Dude gotta pee

It seems that Botox can be used to treat just about anything these days, from wrinkles to migraines and excess sweating; this injectable appears to be the answer to many problems. Now, Allergan, the makers of Botox, are saying that it hopes to get the seal of approval to treat an overactive bladder. Yup, that’s right, Botox may soon be available to help you control your sudden urges to, well…go!

According to a report by Reuters, Allergan Inc Chief Executive David Pyott states, “A single injection of Botox into the bladder can provide significant relief for up to nine months and significantly improve quality of life, particularly for adults who now need to wear diapers.” This is definitely not the first non-cosmetic use for Botox, aside from treating migraines, it has been used for relief of neck pain and eye muscle problems.

An overactive bladder can cause the sudden urge to urinate and oftentimes the inability to control it. If Allergan gets the green light to use Botox for this condition, it could potentially help millions of people in the country. However, it is reported that Allergan “expects U.S. regulators this year to approve Botox for those whose overactive bladder is caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury, which together number about 350,000 patients in the United States.” Approval for a broader market could come years later. With that in mind, it may still be a while before a patient can visit his/her plastic surgeon for Botox injections to treat wrinkles and an overactive bladder in one visit.

Not only will Allergan be helping a lot people who suffer from this bothersome condition, but they’ll also be raking in some big bucks. They stand to gain an additional $500 million a year from sales of Botox for this particular use of the injectable. Not too bad for a company that already makes $5.2 to $5.4 billion annually.

We’ll know later this year if Allergan gets the go-ahead with this use and keep you updated!

*Photo by empracht 



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