Therapeutic uses for botox
More commonly known for its cosmetic uses, botulinum toxin also has several valuable therapeutic indications.
It has been many decades since botulinum toxin was first used in the 1970s for strabismus.
Today there are multiple medical and cosmetic indications for this drug.
Its use in several neurological conditions is well established and its efficacy is supported by high-level, evidence-based literature.
Although a full report of the medical indications for botulinum toxin injections is beyond the scope of this article, I will focus on two recent developments — its role in chronic migraine prevention and severe axillary hyperhidrosis.
Chronic migraine prophylaxis
Migraine is a common and disabling condition that affects one in six women and one in 18 men.1
Although not life-threatening, the impact of chronic migraine (eg,