In some cases of refractory overactive bladder, injecting Botox directly into the bladder muscles has been found to be effective in relieving OAB symptoms. Used in small doses, Botox relaxes the bladder muscles, helping to minimize frequent bladder contractions.
Botox injections were recently approved by the FDA to treat adults with OAB who cannot use or do not respond to medications known as anticholinergics. Botox injections typically last six to nine months and carry a small risk of urinary retention.
Your urologist will work with you to decide if this therapy may be of benefit. If Botox injections are prescribed, your doctor will follow you closely to monitor possible
side effects including urinary tract infections and urine retention.