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What Does Botox Treat?

Many people are aware that Botox can be used to temporarily reduce the appearance of facial lines, but there are many other things that can be treated with Botox.
Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA, previously known as botulinum toxin type A) is a prescription medication. In addition to treating facial lines, it can be used to treat cervical dystonia (a condition that involves unusual muscle spasms or contractions in the head or neck), eyelid twitches or misaligned eyes, and severe sweating. It is also approved to prevent chronic migraines, to treat urine leakage due to an overactive bladder, and to treat upper limb spasticity.
On occasion, healthcare providers may also recommend Botox for "off-label" uses. At this time, off-label uses for Botox include:
  • Cosmetic uses other than for frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Achalasia (a condition involving difficulty swallowing)
  • Drooling
  • Muscle spasms in children with cerebral palsy
  • Neurogenic bladder (bladder disorders caused by nerve problems)
  • Overactive bladder
  • Congenital muscular torticollis (CMT).
(Click Botox Uses for more information on this topic, to learn about how the medication works, and to find out if this drug can be used in children.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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