, previously known as botulinum toxin type A
) is a prescription medicine used for several different conditions. It is best known for its ability to improve the appearance of facial lines but can also be used to treat severe sweating and certain muscle spasm conditions, such as eyelid twitching or head and neck spasms.
The medicine does not come in the form of a cream; Botox comes in the form of an injection that is injected directly into the muscles that are causing the problems. For example, when treating severe sweating, the drug is injected directly into the underarm.
Before your healthcare provider injects the medication, a cream containing an anesthesia may be used to numb your skin (although this is not necessary). If you are worried about pain, be sure to ask your healthcare provider about using an anesthetic cream.
(Click Botox to learn more about the approved uses for this medication, for information on how Botox works, and to find out what side effects may occur with the use of this drug.)