Botox may ease overactive bladder

June 18, 2009 9:47:19 AM PDT
Botox injections may be best known for smoothing facial lines, but they may also help soothe a sometimes embarrassing problem. British researchers found that, among 34 patients with stubborn overactive bladder symptoms, those treated with Botox showed improvements in symptoms and quality of life.

The results lasted up to six months.

Botox works by interfering with nerve signals in the bladder, preventing the spasms which create the strong, frequent urge to go to the bathroom.

The study is in the journal BJU International.