18.08.01 Botox Instead of Opioids

August 2, 2018
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Could Botox Stop The Opioid Epidemic?

New study shows botox may work as a pain reliever, with fewer side effects than opioids.

What To Know

"The most promising aspect of our new approach is that we can prolong the opioid pain relief effect for many months with a single injection of our new bio-pharmaceuticals. This could benefit chronic pain sufferers in many ways and also avoid the terrible consequences of continuous use of opioids."

Bazbek Davletov, study author and chair of the biomedical science department, University of Sheffield

About The Study:

  • Botox blocks nerves from communicating with muscles.
  • When injected into the face, it prevents the facial muscles that create wrinkles from moving.
  • Researchers combined botox with a natural morphine that prevents nerves from transmitting pain.
  • End result is a less toxic & less addictive injectable than opioids.

Why It Matters:

  • Results showed reduced pain in mice up to 23 days.
  • No clinical trials yet, though researchers are working toward that goal.
  • Each day 115 Americans die from an opioid overdose.
  • In October 2017, Pres. Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency.

Many people don’t realize that there are numerous medical indications for Botox. We routinely use it in my office to treat migraines. Dr. Aisha White, Quintessence Plastic Surgery to SmartHER News.

by Jenna Lee,