Washington: A new study has found that botox (onabotulinum toxin-A) injections to the bladder are as effective as medication for treating urinary urgency incontinence in women, but the injection is twice as likely to completely resolve symptoms.These findings were reported by a National Institutes of Health clinical trials network including Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM).Urgency incontinence is urinary incontinence with a strong or sudden need to urinate. Traditionally, this condition has been treated with drugs known as anticholinergics, which reduce bladder contractions by targeting the bladder muscle through the nervous system. However, many women who take anticholinergic medications experience side effects, including constipation, dry mouth and dry eyes.“Prior to this study, we reserved onabotulinum toxin-A for women who did not respond to traditional oral medication. However, this research supports the use of either of these approaches as appropriate first-line treatment in women,” said Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, co-author and dean, SSOM.Women are twice as likely to experience urinary incontinence as men.
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