Botox is an injectable medicine used to treat a variety of conditions, from wrinkles and frown lines to severe underarm sweating to crossed eyes. The drug is actually a toxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, and it works by decreasing the nerve signals that are sent to muscles. Botox is only available by prescription only. Botox was previously known as botulinum toxin type A which is a prescribed injection that is used to treat severe underarm sweating that has not responded to other treatments.

Prevent chronic migraines. It is also used treat upper limb spasticity. Botox is made by Allergan Pharmaceuticals. The drug works by decreasing nerve signals to muscles, which helps them to relax. For severe sweating, Botox works similarly, blocking the release of acetylcholine from the nerve cells that stimulate the sweat glands.

How to Use Botox Injection

  • The medication comes in inject able form. It is delivered directly into the muscles that are causing the problems. When treating severe sweating, Botox is injected directly into the underarm.
  • When treating misaligned eyes (strabismus), special techniques, sometimes using the electrical signals from the muscles, must be used to make sure that the injections are given in the right place.
  • Your healthcare provider may choose to use an anesthetic cream to numb your skin, but this is not necessary. If you are worried about pain, be sure to ask your healthcare provider about using an anesthetic cream.
  • The effects of Botox are not permanent. You will need to receive injections periodically in order to maintain the drug’s effects

Cautions before Use Botox Injection

  • Botox can spread from the site of injection to distant parts of the body, potentially causing serious problems. This is most likely to occur if Botox is used to treat spasticity in children.
  • The medication can cause allergic reactions. If you notice an unexplained rash, itching, wheezing, swelling, or difficulty breathing, tell your healthcare provider.
  • Botox can cause difficulty swallowing, which may cause serious problems.
  • Botox can cause bronchitis and breathing problems. This can be dangerous for people who already have breathing problems.
  • The dosage of Botox injection can cause vision problems and dryness near the eyes.

Botox Injection Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Botox are as follows:

  • Droopy eyelids
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vertical misalignment of the eye (vertical deviation)
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Neck pain
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Dizziness
  • Soreness at the injection site
  • Weakness
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Bleeding at the injection site

Botox Injection Reactions and Overdose

If certain medications are combined with Botox, drug interaction may occur. These interactions can increase your risk of side effects, increase the effectiveness of Botox, and have other interactions that are currently unknown. Aminoglycoside antibiotics and neuromuscular-blocking medications are just two of the medicines that are known to cause Botox drug interactions.

Botox overdose will cause general weakness and muscle paralysis. It may also cause difficulty with swallowing. The severity of the overdose effects will depend on how much Botox was taken and if it was combined with food, alcohol, or other medications. Treatment for a Botox overdose typically includes administering an antitoxin and treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose.


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