Questions | Reviews
How safe is botox how are they sure this is the right treatment for me i have alot of pain in my left shoulder and neck been curenty taking med.for cervical dystonia . It is helping but they had to lower the dose, should my shoulder feel numb .
by robin gibson in moberly missouri, 02/24/2006
My mother has been taking botox injections in the neck for awhile and is having hair loss now and I would like to know if the hair loss could be from the injections? I have heard that Botox might contribute a few minor side effects, but just wanted to...
by Linda C in Priest River, Idaho, 01/27/2006
Botox (Injection) Drug and Prescription Information
Botox (Injection) Medication Classification
BOTULINUM TOXIN TYPE A (Injection)
Botox (Injection) Brandname
Botox, Botox Cosmetic
Botox (Injection) is used for the Treatment
Botulinum Toxin Type A (BOT-yoo-li-num TOX-in type A) Treats uncontrollable muscle movements or paralysis in the neck (cervical dystonia), eyelids (blepharospasm), or around the eyes (strabismus). Also used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles between the eyebrows.
When To Not Use Botox (Injection)
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to botulinum toxin, or if you have an infection where the shot will be given.
How Should You Use Botox (Injection)
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle around your eye or neck, or along your eyebrow.
- You may be given medicine to numb the area where the shot will be injected.
- This medicine works gradually. Most people notice an improvement beginning 1 day to 2 weeks after the injection, depending on what condition is being trea
Proper Botox (Injection) Storage
Store Botox (Injection) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Botox (Injection) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Botox (Injection)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using an antibiotic (such as clindamycin, gentamicin, neomycin, polymixin B, streptomycin, tobramycin, Cortisporin®, Garamycin®, Neosporin®, Tobrex®), medicine to treat Alzheimer's disease (such as tacrine, Cognex®, Exelon®, Aricept®), quinidine (Cardioquin®, Quinaglute®, Quinidex®), or magnesium sulfate.
- Tell your doctor if you have received botulinum toxin for any reason in the past several months.
Botox (Injection) Warnings
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have any kind of nerve or nerve-muscle problem (such as myasthenia gravis or Lou Gehrig's disease) or heart disease.
- Before you receive an injection, tell your doctor if you have had any kind of face, eye, head, or neck surgery, or if you currently have any unusual muscle pain or weakness.
- Your doctor may need to check your progress 7 to 14 days after your treatment. Be sure to keep all appointments.
- If you are receiving this medicine for dystonia and you have been inactive, be careful to resume your activities slowly.
Botox (Injection) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
- Bleeding, bruising, or swelling in or around your eye
- Eye pain
- Irregular heartbeat, chest pain
- Severe trouble swallowing, breathing, or speaking
- Trouble seeing If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Double vision, trouble judging depth or distance
- Drooping eyelid, dry eyes, watery eyes
- Headache, neck pain
- Mild sneezing, stuffy nose, cough, muscle aches
- Redness, pain, bruising, or swelling where the shot was given
- Unusual weakness in other muscles (not where the shot was given)