Irish doctors are now officially licenses to use Botox in the management of urinary incontinence according to report. Botox is more commonly known as the poison which freezes wrinkles on aging skin. The world’s supply of the poison is produced in Ireland.
The Irish Medicines Boards in Ireland can now use the poison to treat urinary incontinence in adults suffering from neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDO), sub-cervical spinal cord injury (SCI), or multiple sclerosis (MS).
This treatment has been described as “a key milestone in bringing this innovative treatment to people” living with MS or SCI as it provides them with a long-term solution for bladder control.
The Botox is injected into the bladder muscle, freezing it and therefore reducing involuntary bladder contractions.
Over 7,000 people in Ireland live with MS and nearly 52 people are diagnosed with SCI each year. Studies show that between 60 and 80 percent of MS suffers and 75 and 80 percent of SCI suffers suffer from bladder dysfunctions.
Robert Flynn, consultant urologist at Tallaght Hospital and The National Rehabilitation Hospital told Journal.ie “Historically, the management of urinary incontinence due to NDO has relied on daily medications. However, bladder control is often not achieved with these treatments due to lack of efficacy, poor compliance and adverse events.
“Now, Botox injections, given every 8-10 months into the bladder, means that I have a new treatment option to help my patients get this debilitating condition under control. Being able to better control and manage bladder function can be life-changing for patients.”