Botox: Treatment & Side Effects

by Garreth Myers


There are certain possible side effects to Botox, as is the case with any other drug. Botox is administered through injections and is used for the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines. These injections are administered by physicians only. Botox remains in the body for a maximum of 6 months and hence any side effects associated with the treatment will go away after that period of time. Those who continue with the treatment may experience side effects for a continued period of time.

The most common side effect of Botox injections is bruising at the area of puncture. Some of the other side effects include respiratory infection, nausea, headaches, temporary drooping of the eyelids and flu-like symptoms. Botox treatment works by paralyzing the muscles at the area of puncture for a temporary period of time. In some cases, this effect may also occur on other muscles surrounding the site of the injection. This can result in temporary paralysis in surrounding muscles. Facial paralysis and drooping of the eyelids may occur on account of this. Less than one percent of people who receive Botox treatment experience this side effect. Some of the other adverse side effects that may occur due to Botox treatment include weakness of the facial muscles, redness of the skin at the puncture site and pain in the facial area. In most cases these side effects subside in about a week. Some side effects may also occur due to interaction of Botox with other medications. Therefore, before receiving treatment, the individual must inform the doctor about the intake of any medications. There are some medications which must not mix with Botox. These include medications used for the treatment of heart problems, antibiotics used for infections and medications for other conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.

Some over-the-counter medications can also interact with Botox. It is advisable to stop taking any of these medications before and after treatment. The doctor must also be informed regarding the intake of these medications, and you should also consult him before stopping any medications voluntarily. There are some people who may be at a higher risk of side effects after Botox treatment. These people include those with neuromuscular disorders or cardiovascular problems. The physicians performing the procedure must inquire about any pre-existing medical problems before administering Botox injections. It is also important to be aware of any allergies the individual may have. An experienced doctor will be able to decide if Botox treatment is advisable for a particular individual.


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