What does Botox treat besides wrinkles?

By: Botox Patient - In: Botox Patient

30 Nov 2009

Before it became a popular anti-wrinkle treatment, Botox was used to treat crossed eyes and eyelid spasms.

Today, Botox is being used to help many other conditions. While Botox is commonly used for relaxing fine facial lines and wrinkles, it is becoming a popular treatment for conditions ranging from migraine headaches, bladder control and excessive sweating to multiple sclerosis and even cerebral palsy in children.

  • HEADACHES: Botox is injected into the affected muscles of the head and neck to help people with migraines, post-traumatic headaches and tension headaches.  
  • NECK PAIN: It is believed that Botox blocks the transmission of nerve impulses, permitting injected muscles to relax, diminishing transmission of pain signals in people suffering from dystonia torticollis, whiplash and disc degenerative disease causing muscle spasms.
  • HYPERHIDROSIS: Excessive sweating, even when temperatures are cold or the person is resting. Botox stops the nerve impulse from reaching the sweat gland, effectively stopping sweat production.
  • DYSTONIA: A neurological disorder leading to involuntary muscle contractions that cause abnormal movements or postures.
  • OVERACTIVE BLADDER: Botox is injected into the bladder to curtail the organ’s excessive squeezing.
  • ENLARGED PROSTATE: Botox is injected through an ultrasound probe into the prostate to help prevent frequent urinating in men.
  • ALOPECIA: Doctors believe Botox may be effective in helping some forms of balding.
  • CEREBRAL PALSY: A new study shows Botox may be effective as a treatment for muscle stiffness in children with cerebral palsy. 

Botox: FDA approvals.

Botox therapy initially was approved by the Federal Drug Administration in 1989 for treatment of crossed eyes and uncontrollable eye blinking associated with dystonia for patients age 12 and older. It was used for cosmetic purposes when patients with spastic eye disorder discovered the wrinkles near their eyes disappeared. By 2000, Botox was approved to treat cervical dystonia in adults to decrease the severity of abnormal head positions and neck pain. And in 2004, the drug received approval for hyperhidrosis, excessive underarm and palm sweating.

Additional Botox studies.

Since then, studies also indicate Botox successfully treats depression, bladder control problems, enlarged prostate and headaches.

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