You probably know Botox better for its use in getting rid of unwanted wrinkles. While it has become one of the most popular medical enhancement treatments all over the world – it also continues to stun the medical industry with its huge number of uses.
Allergan, the business that owns Botox, is said to have around 800 more patents for the use of Botox, yet it’s currently only approved for nine medical conditions and a handful of cosmetic ones.
Most people aren’t aware that although Botox is renowned for its cosmetic applications it, in fact, makes most of its revenue from its use in therapeutic conditions. Botox does carry a black box warning, however, and this is because the drug is made up of neurotoxins, which used in the wrong capacity can have serious side effects.
There are a number of different FDA approved conditions that Botox is used for, but it’s incredibly widely used for off-label uses, and you may be surprised at some of them.
Here are just some of the wide variety of conditions that Botox is currently being used to treat:
A chronic migraine condition is incredibly debilitating for the person who suffers from it, and that’s why when Dr William Binder discovered that his Botox patients reported fewer headaches, in 1992, the medical world was so intrigued.
It was finally approved to treat chronic migraines in 2010 and has helped people all over the world. Some professionals are still sceptical about the results and blame it on the placebo effect but, even so, many people swear by it.
Excessive underarm sweating is accompanied by a social stigma that many people find embarrassing and it can cause a lot of stress to individuals. This stress unfortunately normally leads to more excessive underarm sweating – Botox has come out as one of the most effective ways to stop excessive underarm sweating when it is used in cases of axillary hyperhidrosis.
Linda Brubaker, dean and chief diversity officer of the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, found that about 70% of women she treated with Botox reported a significant decrease in the number of leaks they experienced. Botox has now become a popular treatment for an overactive bladder condition.
Strabismus (or crossed-eyes) is a condition that affects approximately 4 % of the population, and Botox has been used widely as a highly successful antidote to the problem.
While it’s not been medically approved, and many medical professionals remain unconvinced, Botox seems to have emerged from early trials as a medicine that helps to alleviate some of the worst symptoms in people with depression. Allergan is conducting studies at the moment to see if Botox can be safely and effectively used to treat depression, and we should see some of the results in the new future.
Severe neck issues
One of the first things that Botox was approved for (yes, even before getting rid of wrinkles) was the use of Botox to treat extreme neck spasms. The neurotoxins relax the spasms in the neck, which are felt in a condition called cervical dystonia and will help ease the unbelievable pain and discomfort felt by those suffering from the condition.
And that’s just some of the medical conditions that can be treated with Botox. Other conditions include premature ejaculation, abnormal heartbeat and extremely cold hands. Some treatments are FDA approved whilst others are currently being tested.