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Botox and what you might not know
BOTOX and what you might not know about it
What is Botox and how does it work?
Botox onabotulinumtoxinA is a protein and neurotoxin (most dangerous toxic substance known today). And as you probably already know it is used cosmetically to stop wrinkles temporarily by blocking the nerves to the muscle. However, it is also used for chronic migraines, TMJ, excessive underarm sweating, cervical dystonia, eyelid spams, overactive bladder and muscle stiffness.
Not all Botox is created equally
There are currently three different types of Botox; Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA), although Dysport is said to last longer than the others. According to a study done by the researchers from the Maas Clinic in San Francisco and the University of California, San Francisco, Dysport showed better and longer lasting results for crow’s feet than Botox onabotulinumtoxinA.
Here are the possible dangers of the use of Botox according to the FDA:
- Trouble breathing, talking, or swallowing
- Hoarse voice, drooping eyelids
- Unusual or sever muscle weakness
- Loss of bladder control
- Problems with vision
- Crusting or drainage from your eyes
- Severe skin rash
- Fast, slow, or uneven heartbeats
- Chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, general ill feeling
Less severe side effects may include:
- Muscle weakness near where the medicine was injected
- Bruising, bleeding, pain, redness, or swelling where the injection was given
- Fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, flu symptoms
- Dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling
- Nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of appetite
- Dry mouth, dry eyes, ringing in your ears
- Increased sweating in areas other than the underarms
- Itchy or watery eyes, increased sensitivity to light
- Eyelid swelling or bruising
According to the FDA this does not list all the symptoms.
Bad reaction hits home for me
You might say, “Well, they have to list every possible symptom,” which is what my primary doctor told me while I was fighting for my life. I can attest to these side effects personally because I myself had every one of the severe symptoms mentioned, and most of the less severe. However, I also developed heart problems for which I am currently seeing a cardiologist. This is not merely my opinion, as my cardiologist agrees that Botox is most likely the cause of my condition. I was finally referred to a doctor who confirmed that botulinum toxin type A had damaged my autonomic, peripheral and central nervous system. Now you might say, “There is a small percentage that have these bad reactions to the Botox.” I am currently part of a support group with over a hundred men and woman with the same bad results. Also, I need to add, this was my first and only injection.
Want more credible evidence?
A doctor in California named Larisa Gruer RND, PhD was severely ill for five years after her first and only injection of Botox, and now helps others who are suffering. You can also read the book “Dying to be Young” by Dr. Eric Kaplan who, along with his wife, unknowingly received doses from a non-approved batch of Botox, nearly killing them both.
Why does this reaction happen to some and not others?
That is the million dollar question that scientists in the UK are currently trying to find the answer to. For now there are only theories. One theory is that in some people the toxin can travel through their tissue to other parts of their body, (this theory is actually stated by the FDA to be a possibility). Another theory is that a weakened immune system at the time of the injection could cause these side effects. However, the scariest scenario is the one that is very much true and currently happening here in the US. Black market Botox is being sold to doctors at a cheaper price. The FDA has issued a warning to doctors about buying cheap non-approved Botox from online suppliers. Yet, doctors are choosing this unapproved Botox because it is half the price.
FDA’s warnings to doctors about purchasing unapproved Botox: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm349503.htm
I believe knowledge is power and I hope that I have given some helpful information on this drug. Although there have been good results from this drug for many people, for me it has unfortunately been a life altering and damaging experience.
If you or someone you know has had a bad reaction to Botox, or you would like to research the stories go to; http://www.botoxsupportcommunity.com/authors