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January 05, 2017

Hi everyone,

We all know Botox as the wrinkle-smoothing drug beloved by the rich and the famous. But do you know the drug is also used for migraines, depression, back pain, sweaty palms, and much more? This week TIME covered the weird, wild science behind Botox’s journey to a blockbuster drug (free for subscribers). While some experts are excited about the drug’s potential, others caution there's still too much unknown about Botox’s risks for doctors to use it so widely.

Still, use of Botox by doctors worldwide shows no sign of slowing. Here are 11 of the most surprising uses for the drug. Let us know what you think. We always want to hear from you at

Be well,

Alexandra Sifferlin
TIME Health Writer

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