While there is no “generic” for any injectable beauty treatment, Botox has become somewhat of a generic term. Like Kleenex is to facial tissues, Botox is a generic term related to denervating agents that are clinically classified as botulinum Type A.
At present, Reloxin is in clinical trials and may receive FDA approval as soon as 2007 for treatment of facial frown-lines and brow furrows. Purtox is another brand in clinical trials, and on the path toward FDA review.
Botox Cosmetic is the name for the botulinum type A that is FDA-approved for cosmetic purposes. Botox is the name for the same botulinum type A that is FDA-approved for hyperhidrosis and other medical, non-cosmetic purposes. Myobloc is botulinum type B and is not FDA-approved for any cosmetic purposes and is not a substitute for Botox.
Confusing? It can be, so make certain you ask your doctor specifically for the brand name and to see the packaging of the injectable recommended for you; and if this is something in clinical trials, that you are given a choice and given the appropriate study paperwork and follow-up to coincide.
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