ACETYLCHOLINE RELEASE INHIBITOR
Botox is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (severe underarm sweating) in adults. Botox may be prescribed in cases where topical medications such as prescription-strength antiperspirants are not effective. Botox may also be referred to by its drug name, OnabotulinumtoxinA.
Botox is an injectable form of the neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botox is believed to work by inhibiting the release of certain molecules that trigger sweating. Botox can decrease sweating by more than 80 percent in the areas where it is applied. Results may last anywhere from four months to 14 months. On average, effectiveness lasts 6.7 months.
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Botox is administered in an office setting by a dermatologist.
Botox is injected into the skin under the arms. The safety and effectiveness of Botox for excessive sweating in other parts of the body has not been studied.
The FDA-approved label for Botox lists common side effects including discomfort at the injection site, headache, dry mouth, neck pain, vision changes, and dry eyes.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Botox include muscle weakness, trouble speaking, loss of bladder control, and problems swallowing and breathing that can lead to death.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
OnabotulinumtoxinA Injections (Botox) – International Hyperhidrosis Society
Botox – Allergan
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