Botox (Was *New Parkinson's treatment*)

MikeUsman mikeusman at
Wed Oct 19 12:52:02 EST 1994

In article <37bl3k$o6j at>, mark at (Mark Yadlosky)
 I have a relative that has Parkinson's and he had just heard about a new
treatment called "bo-toxin"

Botox is a purified neurotoxin derived from C. botulinum, the bug that
causes botulism if it gets into canned/jarred foods.  The toxin blocks the
release of acetylcholine at neuromuscular junctions, producing muscle
paralysis.  It is used for treating dystonias, including blepharospasm
(muscle spasms that close the eyelids) and strabismus (a 'lazy eye' due to
spasms of eye muscles).  The usefulness of this drug in treating
idiopathic Parkinsonism would be minimal, at best.

Mike Usman

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