JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- More than 3 million people get
Botox every year to make their wrinkles and lines disappear. But the drug may be
more than just a fountain of youth. It's also used for everything from stroke to
migraines. Is Botox a wonder drug or is it too good to be true?
From migraines…to muscle pain…to depression. Botox does more than just smooth
Martha Fritz's migraines used to stop her from doing everyday activities, but
Botox injections have kept her headache-free.
don't miss work as much," Fritz told Ivanhoe. "I don't miss my son's baseball
games, so Botox has made a dramatic difference in my life."
It's also made a difference in Cheryl Laureano's life. Laureano suffers from
torticollis. Her neck muscles spasm involuntarily, causing incorrect posture and
"If I were to just completely relax, you see my head just starts turning
Laureano told Ivanhoe.
The injections stop the problematic muscles from contracting.
"Improve the contraction of the muscle. Improve the head position. Improve the
pain," Zhigao Huang, M.D., Ph.D., a neurologist at UF Shands in Jacksonville,
Fla., told Ivanhoe.
drug also helped with Kathleen Delano's depression. "I wasn't interested in
talking or communicating with friends or family," Delano said.
small study found Botox relieved depression in nine of 10 women.
"You're basically preventing people from expressing those sad and angry emotions
on their face," Eric Finzi, M.D., Ph.D., a board-certified dermasurgeon at the
Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center in Chevy Chase, Md., told Ivanhoe.
But Botox may not come worry-free. A recent study by Italian researchers
revealed when the toxin in Botox was injected into mice in comparable doses to
those used in humans, it traveled to the brain stem in three days.
Last year, the FDA issued a warning that Botox has been linked to respiratory
failure and death.
But for some, the drug has offered relief when nothing else could.
Botox is also being used to treat stroke patients, those with MS and men with
enlarged prostates although it is not yet FDA-approved for these conditions.
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