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Botox and Oxytrol treatments are not risk-free ways to control overactive bladder

You are hesitant to make plans that take you far from home. You are afraid that there won’t be a bathroom when you need it and that you will suffer an embarrassing accident or feel uncomfortable.

Life with an overactive bladder isn’t easy. You want to get back out and enjoy yourself, but should you seek treatment?

The Decision Is Yours—But It Should Be an Educated One

There are different options available to treat you—and the millions of other Americans—living with this condition. While it can be embarrassing to talk to your doctor about having an overactive bladder, it is important so that you can find a safe solution to your problem.

Two of the options that your doctor might talk to you about include:

  • Botox. Botox may be injected directly into the bladder to relax the bladder and help it regain the ability to store urine for longer periods of time. However, Botox injections may make urination painful and may increase the likelihood of developing urinary tract infections.
     
  • Oxytrol. Oxytrol patches are available over the counter. However, it is important to speak with a doctor to make sure that your diagnosis of an overactive bladder is accurate before using Oxytrol. The symptoms of overactive bladder are also similar to bladder infections and bladder cancer. Accordingly, you want to be sure you are getting the right treatment. If you do take Oxytrol, then it is important to watch for skin reactions to the patch.

While these treatments may provide you with some benefit if you have an overactive bladder, it is important to know that both of these treatments have been associated with possible risks.

You May Have Chosen One of These Options Without Knowing the Risks…And You May Be Able to Get Help

Sometimes drug and medical device manufacturers know about risks that they do not share with patients, doctors, or even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If you’ve been hurt by your overactive bladder treatment and you did not know that your treatment carried a risk of this injury, then you should learn more about your legal options. Talk to your doctor or do your own research to find out if others have been similarly injured, and start a live chat with us today so that you can get all of your questions answered and begin protecting your future after a medical device injury. Your time to file a claim is limited, so please call us at 1-800-800-5678 as soon as possible to learn more.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham

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