Botulism: Killer or Wonder Drug?
All Kinds of Relief
- Eye muscle spasms —Patients with limited eye closure and spasms that prevented them from driving (blepharospasm) have been very successfully treated with Botox.
- Spasticity —Botox can be helpful in controlling spasticity due to stroke , head injury, multiple sclerosis , or congenital cerebral palsy .
- Esophageal disorders —When the lower sphincter muscle of the esophagus fails to relax and allow food to pass into the stomach, Botox can be an effective treatment.
- Excess sweating —Botox injected into the skin can control overactive sweat glands, but it can be difficult to treat a widespread area.
- Neurological bladder dysfunction —Botox may be helpful for bladder problems caused by nerve dysfunction.
- Headaches —Botox may be useful for treatment of a variety of headache disorders including migraines , tension-type headaches , and chronic daily headaches.
How Does It Work?
Side Effects Are Uncommon
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 05/2012 -
- Update Date: 05/10/2012 -