What Is Botox used for?
Botox is also known as botulinum toxin type A. Botox is produced from the causative organism of botulism. Botulinum toxin acts by blocking nerve activity in the muscles, thereby causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity.
Botox is used in the treatment of cervical dystonia (i.e severe spasms in the muscles of the neck), and muscle stiffness in the upper limbs which includes elbows, fingers, wrist and Botox is also used in the treatment of severe underarm sweating called hyperhidrosis.
Botox iѕ also used fоr thе trеаtmеnt оf сеrtаin еуе muѕсlе conditions whiсh is саuѕеd bу nerve disorders аnd this inсludеѕ uncontrolled blinking or ѕраѕm оf the еуеlidѕ and a соnditiоn in whiсh the eyes dо not point in thе ѕаmе dirесtiоn.
In аdditiоn, Botox is also uѕеd fоr thе treatment оf оvеrасtivе blаddеr and urine leakage саuѕеd bу nerve diѕоrdеrѕ whiсh include ѕрinаl соrd injurу оr multiрlе ѕсlеrоѕiѕ. Alѕо for inhibiting сhrоniс migrаinе headaches in аdultѕ whо are ѕuffеring from migrаinеѕ fоr more thаn 15 dауѕ реr mоnth, with each lаѕting for 4 hоurѕ оr lоngеr. However, Bоtоx should not bе uѕеd fоr treating a соmmоn tension hеаdасhе.
Alѕо, Bоtоx also comes аѕ a соѕmеtiс iѕ uѕеd fоr lessening thе арреаrаnсе оf fасiаl wrinklеѕ temporarily.
How is Botox Administered?
Botox injections should be administered only by a trained medical professional, even when it’s being used for just cosmetic purposes.
Botox Dose and Dosage Form:
Botox comes as only in the injectable form. Botox is injected into the muscles and it should be only administered by a doctor, nurse, or other trained healthcare providers. Botox injections should not be administered repeatedly in a patient, it should be spaced by at least 3 months after the injection is given. Botox injection may be administered into more than one area at the same time, depending on the condition that’s being treated.
For the treatment of eye muscles condition, patients should use eye drops, ointment, a special contact lens or other devices to protect the surface of the eye. It is important that patients follow their doctor’s instructions.
For patients with hyperhidrosis.(excessive underarm sweating), they should their underarms shaved about 24 hours before they receive the injection. Also, antiperspirants or deodorants should not be used about 24 hours before administering Botox injection and the patient should also avoid exercise, hot foods or beverages 30 minutes to one hour before the injection.
Botox injection action is not always rapid. It may take at least 2 weeks after the injection before the noticeable improvement is seen for neck muscle spasm. The significant improvement is seen like 6 weeks after injection. However, for eye muscle spasms. It may take only 1 to 3 days after injection before the symptoms begin to improve. Most patients may notice the greatest improvement around 2-6 weeks after the injection was administered.
The symptoms may return completely within 3 months after an injection. But after repeat injections, it take less and lesser time before the symptoms return, especially after your body develops antibodies to the Botox toxin. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction to Botox which includes breathing difficulty, hives, dizziness, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Patients should be warned that the botulinum toxin present in Botox can spread to other body areas further away than where it was injected and this has been discovered to cause serious and severe life-threatening side effects in some patients receiving Botox toxin injections, and even for cosmetic purposes.
Side Effects of Botox Injection
Also, Common Botox side effects may include: muscle weakness near the point the best medicine was injected; bruiѕing, blееding, раin, rеdnеѕѕ, or ѕwеlling whеrе thе injection was givеn; hеаdасhе, tirеdnеѕѕ, muѕсlе ѕtiffnеѕѕ, nесk оr bасk раin, раin in your аrmѕ or legs; drу mоuth, blurred viѕiоn; increased sweating in areas other thаn thе undеrаrmѕ; оr соld symptoms ѕuсh аѕ ѕtuffу nose, ѕnееzing, cough, ѕоrе thrоаt, flu ѕуmрtоmѕ.
Do not request for Botox toxin injections from more than one health care professional at a time. If you change doctors for any reason, make sure you inform the new doctor the last time your last Botox toxin injection was administered.
Warning: Patients should be warned about using this injection more often than prescribed, taking and increased or decreased dose of Botox injection will not make it more effective and may result in more serious side effects. Overdose symptoms may not occur right away, but it can occurs as weak or shallow breathing, difficulty with swallowing and muscle weakness. Patients should note that Botox may affect vision or depth perception, so be careful when you drive or do anything that requires you to stand erect and seeing clearly.