The drug is known as the age zapper for those looking to stop father time from creeping down their face. But the drug favored by real housewives to well, Real Housewives has several medical uses, including its original use of treating muscle problems such as eye spasms.
Though Botox certainly has its reputation as part of the plastic surgeons arsenal, the drug has split its $1.5 billion dollar profit between cosmetic and therapeutic use. Now, scientists say they have found yet another use for the drug- urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine.
TIME Healthland reports:
On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Botox, or botulinum toxin, to treat incontinence in patients with neurological conditions like spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. It’s the seventh condition that Botox has been approved to treat since the drug first arrived on the market as a wrinkle reducer in 2002.
Adds a whole other meaning to “get it right, get it tight.” So how exactly does Botox help to keep fluids on their proper release schedule? Doctors say that by inserting Botox into the bladder, the drug can help people with overactive bladders to better store and control urine flow. However, the new use isn’t exactly a quick fix since it comes with the side effects of urinary tract infection and urinary retention.
Kris Jenner, are you getting this? Next time you take a trip to the doctor, you could order up a two for one.