Botox Wants to Make Your Bladder the Next Big Trend

women's bathroom doorBotox isn't just for Real Housewives anymore, people! Nope, pretty soon, Botulinum toxin could go from being associated with a more youthful look to being associated with less frequent trips to the bathroom. Seeeexxxxy, right? Well, Allergan (the manufacturer of the drug) seems to think so. If they get Botox approved for overactive bladder (OAB) -- or urge incontinence, which is marked by frequent urination, the urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination -- they are in the MOOOOONEY ($500 million to be exact)! Ahem, I mean, they'll be helping a lot of women deal with a really annoying condition!

You know, this is proof the Botox obsession has gone way too far. Sure, I get that it might be a really valid and helpful use for the drug. It was actually initially indicated for excessive muscle contractions, so this application does make sense. Still, I can't help but laugh that Allergan seems to want us all to think of this stuff as a complete CURE-ALL! 

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Can't you just see the ads now? "Not only does Botox help prevent any semblance of an expression or motion make you look 10 years younger, but now, it can get rid of migraines and give you back all of that time you waste going to the bathroom! Can you say WHOLE NEW LIFE?" I see a 40-something-year-old woman -- wearing white pants or a flowy sundress of some sort -- running through a verdant field filled with flowers, her arms above her head. "Side effects may include ..." Hah!

The fact of the matter is that Botox could totally be the answer for some women. It may even be a superior alternative to existing drugs, which studies show don't seem to work, even after a year, for 70 percent of patients and also cause annoying side effects like dry mouth or constipation.

I have no doubt Botox's use isn't strictly cosmetic; I'm sure it can help treat migraines, OAB, and various other medical concerns. But we can't think of it as a miracle drug, especially one without any issues. Experts can't even say what the long-term effects might be, since it is a relatively new drug, and researchers and doctors are still figuring out safe applications for it. All I'm saying is, let's not get caught up in the hype. When it comes to any prescription drug, caution -- and asking a LOT of questions -- is key.

What do you think about the Botox "obsession"?

 

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