Botox Therapy

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What is therapeutic botox therapy?

BOTOX® (botulinum toxin A) is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles that causes relaxation of muscles that are in spasm.

 

Why is it used ?

It is used to reduce spasticity and muscle spasm which cause pain. When the hyperactive muscles are relaxed botox helps to reduce pain. It is particularly useful for migraine headaches and for spasticity syndromes.

 

What conditions can it be used for?

• to prevent headaches in adults with chronic migraine who have 15 or more days each month with headache lasting 4 or more hours each day in people 18 years or older

• to treat increased muscle stiffness in elbow, wrist, and finger muscles in people 18 years and older with upper limb spasticity

• to treat the abnormal head position and neck pain that happens with cervical dystonia (CD) in people 16 years and older

 

 What are the risks of using botox therapy?

Botox causes muscle weakness or paralysis, thus if injected near the neck the patient may develop problems with breathing and swallowing. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice (dysphonia), trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria), loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing. There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect away from the injection site when BOTOX® has been used at the recommended dose to treat chronic migraine or spasticity. The primary complication of botox therapy is that the body will form antibodies after 3-5 years of use and the medication will no longer be therapeutic.