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Botox treatment of bladder?



My Interstitial Cysitits causes me to get up 3-4times nightly. I`m allergic to sulpha,which is in Elmiron,the major I.C.drug. My urologist now suggests I see a specialist to consider Botox treatment of the bladder. What can you tell me about this procedure and the pros/cons? Tahnks


Initial results with Botox have been favorable.  Retreatment is necessary for the effects are temporary.  I don`t see any downside to Botox other than the cost for I doubt that it would be covered by insurance companies for its application in this way is relatively new.

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Martin I Resnick, MD Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University