Were you looking for information on Botox? Botax is a common misspelling of Botox.
Botox® is a prescription drug commonly used to treat wrinkles and frown lines. However, it can also be used to treat certain types of muscle spasms, severe underarm sweating, and strabismus (crossed eyes). It is also approved to prevent chronic migraines, to treat urine leakage due to an overactive bladder, and to treat upper limb spasticity. The product is actually a toxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, and it works by decreasing the nerve signals that are sent to muscles.
The medication comes in the form of an injection. It is injected directly into the muscles that are causing the problems. For example, it is injected directly into the underarm when used for severe sweating.
The drug's effects are not permanent; periodic injections are needed in order to maintain the effects. Side effects of this medication include droopy eyelids, headache, and upper respiratory infection.
(Click Botox to read the complete eMedTV article, which describes in detail how the drug works, when and how it should be taken, and general dosing information. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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