Overactive bladder (OAB) is a condition that doesn’t discriminate. It affects more than 14.7 million men and women across the United States. If you’ve wondered if the reason you’ve been rushing to the bathroom more frequently is due to OAB, or you’re interested in hearing about new treatment options, you’re in luck. Renowned urologist Dr. Jennifer Gruenenfelder joined me recently to discuss the symptoms of OAB, and how Botox is helping those who suffer from this condition.
Candace Rose: Overactive bladder is reported to affect more than 14.7 million adults in the U.S. Can you tell us about the condition?
Dr. Jennifer Gruenenfelder: “Well, overactive bladder is a condition where you have urinary urgency where you have difficulty postponing the urge to go to the bathroom. Frequency which means you have to go more often than normal and also even urge incontinence which means when you get the urge to go, you can’t make it and the urine leaks out. And you can see how this would have enormous affect on your daily life if you’re leaking urine before you can make it to the toilet.”
Candace Rose: How can Botox help OAB patients?
Dr. Jennifer Gruenenfelder: “Well, Botox is a medicine that calms the bladder by blocking the nerve transmission, so what it does is it allows the bladder to hold more urine and also calms down that urge so that you have time to make it to the bathroom without leakage. And if you look at the clinical trials, it reduces the leakage by about 50% so you can see how that makes a huge difference for someone.”
Candace Rose: Is this a one time procedure, or would someone have to have this done more often?
Dr. Jennifer Gruenenfelder: “They do have to have it more often. When you consider overactive bladder it really is a lifelong condition once you have this diagnosis. And typically patients were treated with pills every day for this problem. Botox is indicated for those patients where the pills are no longer working or where they causing side effects, but Botox treatment can last for up to six months for reducing their urinary incontinence. You do need re-treatment, but it works pretty well for that time period.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Dr. Jennifer Gruenenfelder: “Well, I think for patients to find out more about the safety and advocacy of medicine and whether or not they might be a good candidate for treatment, they should go to BotoxForOAB.com. And also, see a urologist, talk to them about what the options are for treatment with this medicine or other medications for this very embarrassing condition.”