People in search of the facial fountain of youth have long known Botox to be the answer to their prayers — albeit a temporary one. In fact, it remains the leading nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the United States.
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What it treats
According to the website at www.botox.com, Botox is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to treat:
• Overactive bladder symptoms such as a strong need to urinate with leaking or wetting accidents (urge urinary incontinence), a strong need to urinate right away (urgency), and urinating often (frequency) in adults 18 years and older when another type of medicine (anticholinergic) does not work well enough or cannot be taken.
• Leakage of urine (incontinence) in adults 18 years and older with overactive bladder due to neurologic disease who still have leakage or cannot tolerate the side effects after trying an anticholinergic medication.
• Headaches in adults with chronic migraine who have 15 or more days each month with headache lasting four or more hours each day in people 18 years or older.
• Increased muscle stiffness in elbow, wrist, and finger muscles in people 18 years and older with upper limb spasticity.
• Abnormal head position and neck pain that happens with cervical dystonia (CD) in people 16 years and older.
• Certain types of eye muscle problems (strabismus) or abnormal spasm of the eyelids (blepharospasm) in people 12 years and older.
• Severe underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis) when medicines used on the skin (topical) do not work well enough in people 18 years and older.
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