Answers to Your BOTOX® Questions

Still wondering about BOTOX® for Overactive Bladder (OAB)? Here are some of the most common questions about BOTOX® treatment. BOTOX® is approved to treat Overactive Bladder symptoms, such as a strong need to urinate with leakage, urgency and frequency in adults when another type of medication (anticholinergic) does not work well enough or cannot be taken.

When can I expect to see results?

You won't see results right away. In clinical trials, patients taking BOTOX® experienced fewer daily leakage episodes in as little as 2 weeks.

How long does BOTOX® last?

One BOTOX® treatment provides up to 6 months of improvement of OAB symptoms. As your symptoms return, you can talk to your doctor about repeating the procedure to help control your symptoms, but no sooner than 12 weeks from prior treatment.

What about side effects?

In treating OAB, the most common side effects with BOTOX® treatment are urinary tract infection (UTI) [18% vs 6% with placebo], dysuria [9% vs 7% with placebo], which means painful or difficult urination, and retention [6% vs 0% with placebo], which is a temporary inability to fully empty your bladder.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. Please see the Important Safety Information including Boxed Warning throughout this web site and talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have.

I'm concerned about getting a urinary tract infection.

You will be given an antibiotic before the treatment to help prevent this and, on the day of the treatment, you will go home with a prescription.

What about the risk of retention?

In clinical trials, 6% of 552 patients treated with BOTOX® were temporarily unable to fully empty their bladders on their own after treatment. The temporary inability to fully empty the bladder can be self-managed with a small, portable bladder draining tool, called a self-catheter. It is important to realize that if this should occur, it is temporary - until the bladder can be emptied on its own. 94% of patients treated with BOTOX® did not have this adverse reaction after treatment.

What is a disposable self-catheter?

The catheter is a portable bladder draining tool about the size of a thin, short straw, like a coffee stirrer. It's smooth and may be lubricated. You insert the catheter when you need to drain urine, and remove it after use. Learn More

What if I'm not happy with the results?

If you are not happy with the results after 12 weeks, talk to your doctor. The effects of BOTOX® treatment are not permanent.

Is BOTOX® covered by my insurance?

Most major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover the cost of BOTOX® treatments.* For commercially insured patients who are eligible, Allergan offers a savings program to help offset remaining out-of-pocket costs. With this program, most commercially insured patients are able to have their first BOTOX® treatment for no out-of-pocket cost. Learn more and find out if you're eligible for savings.

*Based on January 14, 2014 data.
Restrictions apply. Please see full Eligibility Rules for more details.