How Is BOTOX® Administered?
BOTOX® is a prescription medicine that is injected into the bladder muscle. BOTOX® is usually administered by a urologist or urogynecologist. First your doctor will numb your bladder and then administer BOTOX®. Your urologist or urogynecologist can do this either in the office or as an outpatient service in the hospital.1
Here is what you should know and do in the days leading up to your BOTOX® treatment, what you can expect on your treatment day, and what you should do after your BOTOX® treatment.
Before Treatment With BOTOX®, Your Urologist Will: (Click for more)
- Explain how BOTOX® treatment is done and the results you may expect
- Instruct you to temporarily stop taking antiplatelets (aspirin-like products) at least 3 days before treatment1
- Give you antibiotics one to 3 days before your treatment to help prevent urinary tract infection (UTI)1
- Make sure you know that some people may need to begin using a catheter (clean intermittent catheterization) after treatment1,2
- Provide education on how to use a catheter in case it becomes necessary to use one to drain your bladder completely2
On Treatment Day With BOTOX®, Your Urologist Will: (Click for more)
- Test to make sure that you do not have a urinary tract infection (UTI)1
- Give you antibiotics to prevent UTI1
- Explain that you have options for anesthesia—either no anesthesia, local, regional, or general2
- Administer BOTOX®2 -After using anesthesia to numb your bladder, your urologist will make small injections in the bladder wall, where the bladder muscle is located -Your urologist can do this either in the hospital or in his or her office -The entire process can take less than an hour
After Treatment With BOTOX®, Your Urologist Will: (Click for more)
- Ask you to stay in the office for about 30 minutes1 to check your blood pressure and pulse rate and make sure that you have emptied your bladder2
- Give you antibiotics one to 3 days after your treatment1
- Check whether urine is left in the bladder after you urinate1-Within 2 weeks after treatment and, as your doctor considers medically appropriate, up to 12 weeks
Be sure to follow your urologist's advice after your BOTOX® treatment. Your urologist will let you know when you need to come back for an appointment to measure your progress.