Natural Treatment for Overactive Bladder
Certain herbal supplements have proven beneficial in treating OAB symptoms. However, some of these supplements are not something that can usually be found in mainstream stores and shopping sites.
Seeking out a naturopath would be helpful as they would likely be able to help you find a vendor. It is advised that you speak to your doctor first before trying some alternative remedies as it may have unknown side effects.
As well, be wary of where you’re buying herbal supplements. A reputable vendor or company can save you from contaminated products, as well as provide proper knowledge of the product and dosage.
There are many other types of herbal remedies that have shown signs of helping with OAB. It can be a trial and error treatment, as many types of treatments for OAB are.
Gosha-Jinki-Gan and Hachimi-Jio-Gan
One popular Chinese herbal blend is Gosha-jinki-gan (GJG). GJG is a blend of 10 traditional Chinese herbs that inhibit the bladder and can drastically decrease frequency during the day.
There is another Chinese herbal medicine that claims it may influence bladder muscle contraction. It is Hachimi-jio-gan (HE). HE is made up of eight natural ingredients, however, some of which are also in the herbal medicine GJG.
Corn silk is also widely reported of its bladder muscle strengthening and restoring agents. This is a traditional medicine used for many ailments. It is a rather easy and cost-effective remedy, as you can cultivate the corn silk yourself. Also, It is best used fresh or freshly dried and can be consumed in tea.
It is recommended you use homegrown or organic corn as supermarket corn is loaded with pesticides. However, it is easily found in your local grocery store in the herbal supplement aisle in capsule form.
Prescription Overactive Bladder Treatment
One of the more popular methods of treatment, which most often comes with trial and error as well is prescription medication. It is widely accepted as the most conventional form of treatment, and it can be highly effective, it also comes in various forms, as well as most health insurance companies often cover it.
However, with conventional medication usually comes a slew of other adverse side effects that we need to be aware of. Most doctors start treatment with prescribed medication, along with some lifestyle recommendations, and go down the list of medications and treatments, as they usually get more invasive from here on out. Ask your doctor if medication is right for you.
Medication for Overactive Bladder
Some of the most commonly prescribed medications are tolterodine, oxybutynin, and mirabegron. Because OAB can be boiled down to simply ‘muscle spasms,’ these kinds of medications treat that. However, they all do it in different ways. Tolterodine and mirabegron come in tablet or pill form.
Oxybutynin usually comes in a single-use gel packet. This would be applied to different parts of the abdomen and torso every application. Sometimes certain antidepressants work as an aid for OAB but are not specifically advertised to that category as it is off-label.
As there are so many OAB medications and so many of them take time to take effect, it can take a very long time to find one that works for you. Sometimes the dosage can be wrong and may need an increase, or a decrease. Pairing a medication with another treatment can sometimes prove very useful.
Botox for Overactive Bladder
Usually, once all medications are ruled out, your doctor might refer you to another form of treatment: Botox injections in the bladder wall. This treatment overrides medications and goes straight to the source of the problem. Botox injections may not be for everyone, but it is a becoming a very popular solution for a lot of people with OAB with whom medications did not work.
Botox is usually only seen as being a cosmetic solution. However, Botox injections can do so much more than smooth out a few wrinkles. Botox was approved as a clinical treatment in January 2013, so it is a recent development in OAB research and treatments. Also, Botox is even seen as a successful form of treatment in people with excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis as well as migraines.
Botox works by being injected under the skin, or in this case, in the bladder wall, and it acts as a muscle relaxant to your overactive and sensitive bladder. As with most injections of Botox, it will wear off after 6-9 months and will need to be redone. However, it is a very minimally invasive procedure that can usually be done in a doctors office or day surgery clinic.