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Botox Beats Implant for Urinary Urgency Incontinence in Women

Posted 4 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 – For women with bladder incontinence who haven't been helped by medications or other therapies, Botox injections may help control leakage better than an implanted nerve stimulation device, a new study suggests. However, both treatments are effective, according to doctors who treat the condition. In a head-to-head comparison, women given Botox saw their number of daily urgency incontinent episodes decrease by four, on average, compared to three for women who received the implant, called InterStim. Botox patients also said they had a greater reduction in symptoms and were more satisfied with the treatment, the researchers said. "Many women suffer from urgency incontinence and find inadequate relief of their problem from medications or behavioral changes," said lead researcher Dr. Cindy Amundsen. She's a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University in ... Read more

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Does Botox Actually Rejuvenate Skin?

Posted 21 May 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 – Botox injections might do more than simply paralyze facial muscles to create a more youthful appearance. New research suggests the anti-aging treatments may also turn back the clock on facial skin itself, aiding its ability to stretch and recoil. Botox treatment seems to promote production of elastin and collagen, a pair of proteins that make young skin tight, firm and flexible, said lead author Dr. James Bonaparte, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada. "We found if we treat people with Botox using standard techniques, we see an increase in elasticity, which is what you'd see in people with more youthful skin," Bonaparte said. "We're actually seeing evidence that we, for some reason, are getting more elastin and collagen in the skin." As people age, repeated facial expressions wrinkle the face, ... Read more

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Botox Eases Overactive Bladder, Two Studies Find

Posted 15 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 – Although Botox has long been used to smooth aging skin, new research finds that the muscle relaxant is also a useful treatment for urinary incontinence. With the condition, an overactive bladder contracts too often or without warning, leading to the constant urge to urinate and/or bladder leakage. But two studies, slated to be presented Friday at the American Urological Association annual meeting in New Orleans, offer evidence that injecting Botox directly into the bladder muscle may be an effective and safe way to treat the problem. "The bottom-line gist is that we found that Botox has a good, long-lasting, safe and consistent effect over time among patients who do initially respond well to it and choose to continue treatment," said Dr. Victor Nitti, vice chair of the department of urology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Nitti, who is also ... Read more

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Botox: An Rx for Irregular Heartbeat After Cardiac Surgery?

Posted 14 May 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 – Botox, the toxin-turned-drug therapy best known for its wrinkle-reducing properties, shows potential for preventing dangerous heart rhythms in patients who undergo invasive heart surgery, a small, preliminary study found. At issue is the risk for atrial fibrillation – a potentially fatal irregular beating of the heart – in patients who undergo coronary artery bypass graft, the most common form of open-heart surgery in the United States, the study authors said. Currently, there are no measures specifically designed to lower this risk. That means that between 30 percent to 40 percent of people who have the bypass surgery will develop atrial fibrillation, which increases the risk for both stroke and congestive heart failure, the researchers said. But the researchers reported Thursday that by injecting Botox (botulinum toxin) once into the heart's fat tissue – ... Read more

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FDA Warns of Bogus Botox

Posted 20 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 20, 2015 – Counterfeit Botox may have been distributed to doctors' offices and medical clinics across the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The bogus Botox – which is considered unsafe and should not be used – was sold by an unlicensed supplier not authorized to ship or distribute drug products in the United States, the FDA said in a news release. Packaging similarities between the fakes and the FDA-approved Botox, which is made by Allergan (100 units/vial), could cause health care professionals to mistake one for the other. Approved Botox displays the active ingredient as "OnabotulinumtoxinA" on the outer carton and vial, the FDA said. The outer carton of the counterfeit version says the active ingredient is "Botulinum Toxin Type A" instead of "OnabotulinumtoxinA," according to the agency. The FDA said the counterfeit product also can be ... Read more

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Overactive Bladder a Common Problem, FDA Says

Posted 19 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 – More than 33 million Americans suffer from overactive bladder, including 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. There are numerous approved treatments for the condition, but many people don't seek help because they're embarrassed or don't know about therapy options, according to an agency news release. In people with overactive bladder, the bladder muscle squeezes too often or squeezes without warning. This can cause symptoms such as: the need to urinate too often (eight or more times a day, or two or more times a night); the need to urinate immediately; or accidental leakage of urine. Treatments for overactive bladder include oral medications, skin patches or gel, and bladder injections. "There are many treatment options for patients with overactive bladder. Not every drug is right for every patient," Dr. Olivia ... Read more

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Medication Errors Occur Every 8 Minutes in U.S. Children

Posted 20 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 – A child receives the wrong medication or the wrong dosage every eight minutes in the United States, according to a recent study. Nearly 700,000 children under 6 years old experienced an out-of-hospital medication error between 2002 and 2012. Out of those episodes, one out of four children was under a year old. As the age of children decreased, the likelihood of an error increased, the study found. Though 94 percent of the mistakes didn't require medical treatment, the errors led to 25 deaths and about 1,900 critical care admissions, according to the study. "Even the most conscientious parents make errors," said lead author Dr. Huiyun Xiang, director of the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. That conscientiousness may even lead to one of the most common errors: Just over a quarter of these mistakes involved a ... Read more

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FDA Approves Botox Cosmetic to Improve the Appearance of Crow’s Feet Lines

Posted 11 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, September 11, 2013 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new use for Botox Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe lateral canthal lines, known as crow’s feet, in adults. Botox Cosmetic is the only FDA approved drug treatment option for lateral canthal lines. The FDA approved Botox Cosmetic in 2002 for the temporary improvement of glabellar lines (wrinkles between the eyebrows, known as frown lines), in adults. Botox Cosmetic works by keeping muscles from tightening so wrinkles are less prominent. “This additional indication will provide people with a new FDA approved treatment option for those seeking a smoother appearance by temporarily minimizing the appearance of crow’s feet at the sides of the eyes,” said Susan Walker, M.D., director of the Division of Dermatology and Dental Products in th ... Read more

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FDA Approves Botox for Crow's Feet

Posted 11 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11 – Adults bothered by the appearance of crow's feet – lines at the outside corners of the eyes – have a new treatment option. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the use of Botox Cosmetic for temporary improvement of moderate to severe crow's feet. Botox Cosmetic (onabotulinum toxin A) has been approved in the United States since 2002 to treat frown lines between the eyebrows. It works to make wrinkles less prominent by keeping facial muscles from tightening, according to an FDA news release. "This additional indication will provide people with a new FDA-approved treatment option for those seeking a smoother appearance by temporarily minimizing the appearance of crow's feet at the sides of the eyes," Dr. Susan Walker, director of the division of dermatology and dental products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in the ... Read more

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As Economy Rebounds, More Folks Try Turning Back Hands of Time

Posted 19 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 19 – Evidence of the economic upturn can be found in more than housing starts and auto sales: A new report shows that the number of cosmetic procedures grew 5 percent in 2012. Botox injections and other types of minimally invasive treatments led the way as more people opted for these types of facial rejuvenation procedures, while the number who chose to "go under the knife" remained relatively stable, the findings revealed. In total, there were 14.6 million minimally invasive and surgical plastic surgery procedures in 2012. There were also 5.6 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures last year, an increase of 1 percent from 2011, according to annual statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Minimally invasive procedures increased 6 percent, with more than 13 million procedures in 2012. The top five were: Botox injections, also called ... Read more

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Botox Approved for Overactive Bladder

Posted 22 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 22 – U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) has been expanded to include adults with overactive bladder who don't respond to a class of drugs called anticholinergics. Overactive bladder's typical symptoms including leakage, frequent urination and feeling the sudden and urgent need to urinate. Botox, when injected into the bladder, causes it to relax and increases its capacity, the FDA said in a news release. In a clinical study, people treated with Botox after 12 weeks had urinary incontinence 1.6 to 1.9 times less per day than people treated with a placebo, the FDA said. The most common adverse reactions recorded during the study included urinary tract infection, painful urination and incomplete bladder emptying (urinary retention). People who develop urinary retention may have to use a catheter until the situation resolves, the agency ... Read more

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FDA Gives Nod to Botox to Treat Overactive Bladder

Posted 21 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 18 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave its approval for the use of Botox against a form of urinary incontinence known as overactive bladder. "Clinical studies have demonstrated Botox's ability to significantly reduce the frequency of urinary incontinence," Dr. Hylton Joffe, director of the Division of Reproductive and Urologic Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. "Today's approval provides an important additional treatment option for patients with overactive bladder, a condition that affects an estimated 33 million men and women in the United States," he added. Overactive bladder is a condition where the bladder contracts too frequently or without warning, causing incontinence, sudden/urgent urge to urinate and frequent urination. However, injections of Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) into the bladder ... Read more

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Botox Shows Promise Against Persistent Neck, Shoulder Pain

Posted 15 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Oct. 13 – Botox injections, long used to smooth away wrinkles, might also soothe chronic neck and shoulder muscle pain, new research suggests. This type of persistent pain "is a common disorder that potentially may cause functional impairment in our patients," explained one expert not connected to the study, Dr. Robert Duarte. "In addition, neck pain may provoke headaches," said Duarte, who directs the Pain Center at the Cushing Neuroscience Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, NY. In the study, 118 patients with pain lasting more than two months who had already tried other pain medications were given injections of either botox (botulinum toxin type A) or a placebo. Those who received botox had a much greater reduction in pain scores than those who received the placebo, according to a team from the University of California, Los Angeles. The ... Read more

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Botox Injections: Option for Urge Incontinence?

Posted 4 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 4 – Botulinum toxin, the anti-wrinkle treatment known as Botox, can also help women with urge incontinence reduce their leaking episodes, according to a new study. Injecting Botox into the bladder worked as well as daily solifenacin pills, a commonly prescribed treatment for incontinence, the researchers found. The Botox treatment is already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for urge incontinence due to known neurological injuries such as spinal cord trauma, said lead study Dr. Anthony Visco, chief of urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. It is not yet approved for incontinence without a recognized cause, known as idiopathic incontinence. Visco and his colleagues conducted what they believe is the first head-to-head comparison of medication and the botulinum toxin. They will present their results ... Read more

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Botox May Ease Tremors in Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Posted 2 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 2 – The drug Botox, best known for paralyzing muscles in the forehead to reduce wrinkles, can also relieve shaking in the limbs of patients with multiple sclerosis, a small new study suggests. The treatment, which requires several times the amount of Botox (botulinum toxin type A) used for wrinkles, could be expensive and it's not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for this use. However, multiple sclerosis (MS) patients can still legally get the treatment in the United States. "Most patients tolerate the injections very well and are keen to continue the treatment once they see the benefits they get from it," said Dr. Anneke van der Walt, lead study author and a neurologist and research fellow at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, in Australia. The shaking, known as a tremor, can affect one or both arms, or less commonly the legs, in MS patients. "The shaking ... Read more

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