Bladder BOTOX® is a prescription medicine that is injected into the bladder muscle and used to treat Overactive Bladder (OAB) symptoms, including a strong need to urinate with leaking or wetting accidents (urge urinary incontinence), a strong need to urinate right away (urgency), and urinating often (frequency).
Bladder BOTOX® is appropriate for adults 18 years and older when another type of medicine (anticholinergic) does not work well enough or cannot be taken. It is a different treatment option that takes another approach to targeting the source of your overactive bladder: the bladder muscle itself.
Bladder BOTOX® works by calming the nerves that trigger the overactive bladder muscle, helping to:
- Reduce daily leakage episodes (accidents)
- Treat the strong need to urinate right away
- Reduce the number of times you need to empty your bladder daily
A Bladder BOTOX® treatment requires 1 hour in the doctor’s office as few as 2 times per year. Results may not be immediate. In clinical trials, patients experienced fewer leakage accidents in as few as 2 weeks.
Important Safety Information
Bladder BOTOX® may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection:
- Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months.
- Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice (dysphonia), trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria), loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.