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Botox: It isn't just for wrinkles

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Botulinum toxin is also an effective treatment for muscle spasms, migraine headaches, incontinence, and more.

You've no doubt witnessed the effect of Botox in the unfurrowed brows of celebrities. But Botox's applications are more than skin deep; the drug has a role in treating disorders that range from migraine headaches to incontinence.

"Botox is a first-line treatment only for dystonia, or uncontrolled muscle contractions. But for other conditions, it can be quite effective for patients who have exhausted other possibilities," says Dr. Bonnie Hersh, clinical instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hersh uses Botox to treat patients with chronic migraine, upper limb spasticity, and excessive sweating.

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