Botox : Elixir Made Of Toxin

Botox - Elixir Made Of Toxin

We hear so much these days whether it be medical field or cosmetology every one talking about botox injection.What actually it is and what is making it selling like hot cakes.

Botox refers to the neurotoxin produced by bacteria Clostridium Botulinum which is found in natural environment , soil, lakes, gills of fish even in human intestine but produce toxin only in vegetative stage. It comes under the most poisonous substance known to human.This can cause life threatening botulism that may lead to respiratory failure and death if left untreated.

We can assume the toxicity profile by the estimation of scientist that 1gm can kill 1million people. Despite this botox is being successfully used in field of medicine as well as cosmetology. If injected in very minute quantity It has property of inhibiting release of neurotransmitter Acetylcholine which result in contraction and muscle movement thus prevent involuntary movement.

It’s injection is considered as the most preferred non surgical cosmetic procedure. Celebrities undergo botox therapy to prevent wrinkles and lines of ageing as well as fillers for figure rejuvenation what makes them forever young looking.
Botox injection proved to be useful in the treatment of following conditions

  1. • Migraine
  2. • Strabismus
  3. • Blepharospasm
  4. • Muscle spasm such as cervical dystonia & torticollis
  5. • Overactive bladder
  6. • Severe underarm sweating and drooling (excessive salivation)

In this way botox had proved to be indispensable in its class having numerous applications and many more to come as found useful in oral and maxillofacial surgery too Thus can call it as Elixir made of toxin.

By – HOD – Deepti M Sati
Department of Pharmacology
Uttaranchal (P.G.) College Of Bio-Medical Sciences & Hospital
Uttaranchal College of Education
College Of Nursing UCBMSH

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