Botox for the Bladder
Strictly speaking, it’s not for multiple sclerosis, but botox can be used to treat urinary urgency which is a common symptom of Multiple Sclerosis.
Most often associated with the beauty industry, Botulinum toxin is used to relax facial muscles to remove wrinkles from the forehead and around the eyes of patients.
In urinary problems, with a cystoscope, urologists inject Botox into numerous sites in the bladder. The toxin works by deactivating proteins involved in neurotransmitter release from nerve terminals. (Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that carry information from one nerve cell to another.) As neurotransmitter levels decrease, the underlying muscles weaken or become paralysed.
The cystoscopy is a relatively painless procedure for which I can, personally, vouch having attended my local urology clinic recently for just such an examination. I was not there for the botox treatment, but I had been referred because of my urinary urgency.
It transpires that I have an enlarged prostate gland, which is apparently not uncommon in men of my age. I have been prescribed a drug named tamsulosin to help remedy this situation. I will post my progress with this drug as it unfolds.
It prevents the muscles from having the spasms that cause patients to experience urinary frequency and urgency, Chritopher P. Smith M.D. said. “It’s very durable in that these patients will have a good response lasting anywhere from four to six months, sometimes even longer.”
One patient, a lady from England, says: “Botox for the bladder is brilliant.”
She was referred to the National Hospital in Queen’s Square, London where she saw Dr. Kalski who has treated over 100 patients with Botox with a 100% success rate.
Botulinum toxin (Botox) is, allegedly, one of the most toxic substances on the planet and, as such, should be administered with extreme care and diligence.
I’m not sure that I can, or should, say any more on this subject. It is a very brief article, as it is a subject I find difficult to enlarge upon.
As I am clearly no expert, I should point you to better qualified opinion
(onabotulinumtoxinA) for Bladder Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis
from Multiple Sclerosis News Today