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Botox® (botulinum toxin type A) is a prescription medicine used for various purposes, including:
- Temporarily improving the appearance of wrinkles between the eyebrows (frown lines)
- Relieving neck pain and abnormal head position associated with cervical dystonia (a certain kind of muscle spasm of the head and neck)
- Treating severe underarm sweating that has not responded to other treatments
- Treating eyelid twitching or spasms (known medically as blepharospasm)
- Treating misaligned eyes, such as crossed eyes (known medically as strabismus).
This medication comes in the form of an injection. Botox is injected directly into the muscles that are causing the problems. For example, when treating severe sweating, it is injected directly into the underarm. Although the drug is very effective, the effects of Botox are not permanent -- you will need to receive injections periodically in order to maintain the effects.
The medicine is not free of side effects. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this medication include droopy eyelids, neck pain, headaches, and difficulty swallowing. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily.
(Click Botox for more information on how the injections are administered, to find out how long the effects of this medication typically last, and to learn about the warnings associated with this product.)