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Botox to treat urinary incontinence in spinal cord injury?

Published: August 11, 2011  |  Source:

Urinary incontinence in spinal cord injury patients could be treated using Botox, new evidence suggests.

Allergen Inc has announced that the Irish Medicines Board supports the use of this treatment to treat urinary incontinence in spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis patients.

Many patients with these conditions have neurogenic detrusor overactivity, meaning their bladders contract during the filling stage, when they should be relaxed.

Injecting Botox into the bladder muscle causes the involuntary contractions to subside, increasing bladder activity and cutting urinary leaking incidents.

Douglas Ingram, chief executive officer of European Allergan, said: “For many people with spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis, gaining effective control over their bladder and staying dry can be a significant step towards improving daily functioning and overall quality of life.”

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One Comment on “Botox to treat urinary incontinence in spinal cord injury?”

  1. Debra says:

    I became an incomplete quad in August of 2010. Ihave been taking Augmentin long-term for 8 months now. If I do not take it my whole body breaks down. O lose control of my bladder, bowels, I can’t eat or drink, I become so weak I can’t function and I live alone. Now my doctor has left her practice and I will run out of the medication before I can get in to see a new doctor. The practice will not refill the prescription until I see a doctor. Can anyone tell me two things.. why does the Augmentin work and why would the practice be so hesitant to refill the prescription? I am desperate as I will run out soon.