There is a lot of information about the prescription medication Botox®
, previously known as botulinum toxin type A
) that many people are unaware of. Although the drug is best known for its ability to improve the appearance of wrinkles, it is also approved to treat various conditions. Botox can be used to:
- Relieve neck pain and abnormal head position associated with cervical dystonia (a certain kind of muscle spasms of the head and neck)
- Treat severe underarm sweating that has not responded to other treatments
- Treat eyelid twitching or spasms (known medically as blepharospasm)
- Treat misaligned eyes, such as crossed eyes (known medically as strabismus)
- Prevent chronic migraines
- Treat upper limb spasticity
- Treat urine leakage due to an overactive bladder resulting from neurological conditions
- Treat overactive bladder in people who have already tried other overactive bladder medications.
Botox comes in injectable form and is injected directly into the muscles that are causing the problems. When treating severe sweating, the medicine is injected directly into the underarm. Although Botox is very effective, the effects of the medication are not permanent. You will need to receive injections periodically in order to maintain the effects.
It is important to talk to your healthcare provider about the drug's safety information before starting treatment. Prior to receiving injections, you should let your healthcare provider know if you have heart disease
, neuromuscular disease, or an infection near the injection site.
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