In adults, Botox is used to control persistent muscle spasms in the eyelid and face; persistent muscle spasms in the neck and shoulders; persistent muscle spasms in the wrist and hand of patients who have suffered a stroke; excessive sweating of the armpits that affects the activities of daily living, when other local treatments do not help; leakage of urine due to bladder problems associated with spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis.
In adults, Botox is used to prevent: headaches in patients with chronic migraine.
In adults less than 65 years of age, Botox is used for the temporary improvement of vertical lines between the eyebrows seen at frown, when the severity of these lines has an important psychological impact for the patient.
In children aged two years or older with cerebral palsy, who can walk, Botox is used to control foot deformity.
Although Botox is best known as an injectable wrinkle treatment, it was used for a variety of medical uses before it was ever used to reverse aging, and doctors are finding more uses for Botox all the time. Botox research dates back decades, and it was approved to treat eye disorders in the eighties, including strabismus, also known as crossed eyes, and blepharospasm, also known as uncontrollable blinking. Other uses for Botox include treating cerebral palsy symptoms, the after-effects of a stroke, and other neurological disorders, managing chronic migraine and tension headache pain, reducing muscle stiffness, controlling overactive bladder and incontinence, controlling excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, and treating the neck spasms associated with cervical dystonia. Researchers are even studying new uses for Botox such as delaying stomach emptying to help patients lose weight. Also known as Vistabel or Vistabex in some countries, Botox is an anti-aging treatment with a wide variety of medical uses.