FDA Approves First Over-the-Counter Drug for Overactive Bladder (OAB)

Oxytrol for Women is now available as the first over-the-counter treatment for overactive bladder (OAB) in women ages 18 years and older, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Jan. 25. This announcement comes a week after the FDA also approved the use of Botox for individuals suffering from OAB and can’t use or don’t find other treatments useful.

Affecting an estimated 33 million Americans, a majority of whom are women, OAB is a condition that causes frequent urination and sudden urges to urinate. Oftentimes, these urges come on too strongly and quickly, resulting in wetting accidents.

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FDA Approves Botox to Treat Overactive Bladder (OAB)

Adults who don’t respond to, or cannot take, anticholinergic drugs can now use Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) to treat overactive bladder (OAB), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Jan. 18.

People suffering from OAB experience frequent urination, sudden urges to urinate, and uncontrollable urinary leakage. Botox, the same treatment that has been popular for treating wrinkles for many years, has previously been approved to treat OAB resulting from nerve damage, such as spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis.

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National Bath Safety Month: Tips for a Safer Bathroom

Since January is National Bath Safety Month, we want to provide you a few tips on how to practice bathroom safety. With slippery floors and scalding water, the bathroom imposes many dangerous risks for families, especially those with elderly adults, children, or individuals with disabilities. In fact, more than 200,000 people experience a bathroom-related injury each year, according to the National Safety Council. Use these strategies to create a safer bathroom:

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The Many Uses of Adult Diapers Besides Incontinence

When people think about adult diapers, they usually envision an elderly adult who has unfortunately lost control over their bladder over the years. While many of our customers are, indeed, the elderly, we also provide incontinence supplies to the young and middle-aged demographics, as incontinence doesn’t discriminate based on age. However, adult diapers are also used by those who don’t have any bladder control problems. Besides, incontinence and disability, here are several different uses for adult diapers:

  1. Difficult access to (clean) bathrooms

    When you’re standing in a long line or don’t have quick access to a clean bathroom, an adult diaper can be used for convenience purposes. During the 2009 presidential inauguration, we even received calls from customers who wanted disposable diapers because they were concerned there wouldn’t be enough porta-potties or that they didn’t want to lose their place in line to use the bathroom.

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Study Shows Caffeine May Increase Urinary Incontinence in Men

In previous blog posts, we’ve mentioned that caffeine is a bladder irritant and can make incontinence symptoms worse. Now, there’s a new study to back that statement up.

This study, conducted by researchers from the Department of Veteran Affairs Birmingham/Atlantic GRECC and published online on Journal of Urology last month, reported that caffeine consumption of equivalent to that of 2 cups of coffee per day (250 mg) is significantly associated with moderate to severe urinary incontinence (UI) in American men.

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