An overactive bladder can be a significant impairment to one's quality of life by curtailing social interactions, constantly interrupting one's sleep, and greatly increasing the risk of falls and injuries from "nocturnal polyuria." But the two main lines of defense ("incontinence briefs" and anticholinergic medications) both have significant costs, and the latter can have serious side effects, as well (and don't always work that well, anyway). All-natural Urox from AOR can help.
Urox Daily Bladder Control
In an ideal world, we'd only have to relieve ourselves a few times a day, when it's convenient... and certainly not after going to bed. But millions of people not only have to urinate ten or more times during the day (day frequency), but may also have to go several times during the night (nocturia). And often, the need to go is so urgent that we must seek out a bathroom immediately and since we can't always get there on time, we may need to wear extra protective undergarments (urge urinary incontinence).
Moreover, many of us (particularly women, often as a result of childbirth) also experience leakage when certain movements (even ones as innocuous as laughing!) affect the pelvic floor muscles (stress urinary incontinence).
Urox is a combination of standardized extracts of three types of natural herbs with a long history of usage in addressing urinary infections and in helping to tone the bladder and pelvic muscles. It was first developed in Australia by a naturopathic doctor and natural products formulator in 1999, and has undergone several refinements to improve its efficacy, since.
In a proper clinical trial (randomized double-blinded, placebo-controlled parallel design) of 150 men and women with overactive bladders, Urox has been shown to be able to produce significant reductions in all those symptoms within two months of regular usage:
- Reducing the daytime frequency by an average of two or three instances a day in the treatment group (to eight, the upper end of the 'normal' range);
- Cutting the nighttime trips to the loo in half (down from four to two); the urgency (having to drop whatever you're doing "when Nature calls") episodes down from an average of nearly four times a day at the start of the trial to 1-1/2 a day, after 8 weeks of use;
- Reducing the instances of not quite making it when that happens from 2.8 to 1.2 times a day; and,
- the instances of Stress Incontinence ('leaking' when you laugh, cough, sneeze, lift something, etc.) from a little over twice a day to only three-quarters of a time, on average.
- As a result, the proportion of users who had to use more than one pair of adult diapers or padded underwear a day dropped from 23% to just 6% in the treatment group.
Of course, these are all averages, and some will get worse results than these... but some do much, much better. In fact, 60% of the Urox users ended up within the normal daytime range (of 8 or fewer times); and for the more troublesome symptoms, nearly a quarter (24%) became symptom-free for nocturia; a similar percentage (23%) had no incontinence whatsoever; and urgency ceased to be an issue for one-fifth (21%) of the users.
Urox® is a registered trademark of the Seipel Group of Brisbane, Australia, whose founder and CEO, Tracey Seipel (a Naturopathic Doctor), appears in the two videos on this page to explain the nature and scope of the problem, and the development of the product and the science behind it. AOR has secured the rights and medical license to sell this proprietary blend in Canada, but it is also marketed under other product and brand names in some other regions, including: Urox Bladder Control, Confitrol24, Happy Bladder, and Bedtime Buddy. The latter is the same medication marketed for children prone to bedwetting; a recent clinical trial found that it, too, brought significant improvements (using just one rather than two capsules per day).
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Each 420 mg capsule contains:
Urox™, a proprietary blend of:
- 120 mg Crateva magna stem bark extract (25:1; DHE: 3000 mg), standardised for 1.5% lupeol
- 150 mg Equisetum arvense (Raw Horsetail) (10:1; DHE: 1500 mg)
- 150 mg Lindera aggregata (10:1; DHE: 1500 mg)
Non-medicinal ingredients: Rice flour, maltodextrin. Capsule: hypromellose.
Part of their Premium Series, AOR Bladder Manager is a vegetarian and gluten-free product which contains no GMO ingredients and no: dairy, eggs, fish, mustard, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, shellfish, sulphites, or wheat.
Adults: Take two capsules once a day, with food, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. Do not open capsules, as this may compromise the stability of the medicinal ingredients. Use for a minimum of eight weeks to see beneficial effects. For prolonged use, consult a healthcare practitioner.
Do not use this AOR Bladder Manager if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; or if you have heart disease, high or low blood pressure, kidney or liver disorder, diabetes or edema (swelling of the hands and feet); or if you are taking diuretics.
Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to using Urox if you are taking prescription medications, especially cardiac medications such as cardiac glycosides or antiarrhythmic agents.
Stop and seek medical attention immediately if you experience dizziness, confusion, muscle weakness or pain, abnormal heart beat and/or difficulty breathing. If symptoms persist or worsen, or if new symptoms develop, discontinue use and consult a health care practitioner.
Health Canada Natural Product Number: 80101207.
Dmochowski et al. "Increased risk of incident dementia following use of anticholinergic agents: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis." Neurourology and Urodynamics. 2020.
Hsu et al. "Updating the evidence on drugs to treat overactive bladder: a systematic review." International Eurogynecology Journal. 2019.
Schoendorfer et al. "Urox containing concentrated extracts of Crataeva nurvala stem bark, Equisetum arvense stem and Lindera aggregata root, in the treatment of symptoms of overactive bladder and urinary incontinence: a phase 2, randomised, double-blind placebo controlled trial." BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2018.
Vouri et al. "Adverse events and treatment discontinuations of antimuscarinics for the treatment of overactive bladder in older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis." Archives of gerontology and geriatrics. 2017.