, previously known as botulinum toxin type A
) is well known for its ability to improve the appearance of facial lines. It is commonly used to reduce the appearance of "frown lines" between the eyebrows, as well as crow's feet. It is also used for the treatment of severe sweating and certain muscle spasm conditions.
Specifically, the medicine is approved to treat unusual muscle spasms or contractions
in the head or neck, eyelid twitches, and misaligned eyes. For the treatment of severe sweating, Botox is specifically used to decrease underarm sweat (when antiperspirants do not work).
Botox is approved to treat eye twitching or misaligned eyes in children as young as 12 years old. It is also approved to treat head and neck spasms (cervical dystonia) or severe sweating in children as young as 16 years old. The product is not approved for treating facial lines in children.
Botox is also used to treat a few different bladder conditions.
(Click Botox Uses for more information about the conditions that can be treated with Botox, to learn about possible off-label uses for the drug, and to find out how this medication works.)