The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Botulinum toxin type A vs topical creams to treat forehead wrinkles

    There’s nothing more complementary than removing a facial wrinkle. Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) is the gold standard for removing glabellar rhytids (forehead winkles). So, it’s not surprising when topical creams sold without a prescription purport to give similar or better outcomes.

    Fat chance.

    77 women were divided into 5 groups for one of the following treatments.

    • Botulinum toxin type A
    • Placebo injection
    • StriVectin-SD
    • DDF Wrinkle Relax
    • HydroDerm

    Using a array of evaluation methods, both the doctors and the women reported significantly better outcomes and satisfaction with Botox.

    Now hear this!

    • Treatment with any of the three topical creams did not result in a significant difference from placebo.

    What’s more?

    • Three adverse events occurred in three women who received StriVectin-SD.

    12/25/06 22:56 JR

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