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What is botulinum toxin?

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  • Botulinum toxin is a muscle-relaxing medication that’s made from bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. Commonly known as Botox, this is the drug that people use to smooth wrinkles. There are four types: OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox/Botox Cosmetic)
  • RimabotulinumtoxinB (Myobloc)
  • AbobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport)
  • IncobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin) These drugs also treat other problems, including a condition in which the neck muscles contract over and over (cervical dystonia), migraine headaches, and blinking you can’t control (blepharospasm).

SOURCES:  

Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis, Cleveland Clinic. 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

Botox.com.

News release, Merz Pharmaceuticals.

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on July 14, 2017

SOURCES:  

Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis, Cleveland Clinic. 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

Botox.com.

News release, Merz Pharmaceuticals.

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on July 14, 2017

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