Friday, March 14, 2014

Some Brave, Bizarre uses of Botox. 

 In class we briefly mentioned Botulinum toxin type A (Botox), a drug produced from the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. Botox is most commonly known for its temporary smoothing of facial wrinkles.  However, there are several other uses for the muscle paralyzing drug. I found research papers discussing the use of Botox treating hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and even migraines.  For the website listing additional uses for Botox, click here.  The research papers are cited below.

  •  Marc Heckmann, M.D., Andrés O. Ceballos-Baumann, M.D., and Gerd Plewig, M.D. “Botulinum Toxin A for Axillary Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)” The New England Journal of Medicine 2001; 344:488-493. 15 Feb 2001. Web. 21 January 2014.
  • Silberstein, S.  Mathew, N. Saper, J. Jenkins, S. “Botulinum Toxin Type A as a Migraine Preventive Treatment” Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain Volume 40, Issue 6, pages 445–450, June 2000. Web. 22 January 2014

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