This information from Lexicomp® explains what you need to know about this medication, including what it’s used for, how to take it, its side effects, and when to call your healthcare provider.
- Severe effects of this drug may affect parts of the body away from where it was injected. Signs can happen hours to weeks after the injection. Swallowing and breathing problems can be deadly. The risk is greatest in children with certain muscle problems (spasticity) but can happen in all people. Swallowing problems may last for several months. Call your doctor right away if you have blurred eyesight or see double, change in voice, drooping eyelids, or loss of strength or weakness all over the body. Call your doctor right away if you are not able to control your bladder or have trouble breathing, speaking, or swallowing.
- This drug is only approved for use to lower the number of lines and wrinkles of the face.
- It is used to lower the number of lines and wrinkles of the face.
- If you are allergic to this drug; any part of this drug; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have an infection where the shot will be given.
- If you have a disease that affects your muscles and nerves like myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
- Abnormal heartbeats and heart attack have happened with drugs like this one. Sometimes, this has been deadly. If you have questions, talk with your doctor.
- Dry eye has happened with this drug when used for certain reasons. Signs include less tears, less blinking, eye irritation, eyes bothered by bright light, and change in eyesight. If you have any of these signs, call your doctor.
- When drugs like this one have been used for reasons they have not been approved for, severe side effects like feeling very weak and trouble swallowing have happened. Sometimes, this has been deadly. In some cases, people already had trouble swallowing or other health problems. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
- This drug is made from human plasma (part of the blood) and may have viruses that may cause disease. This drug is screened, tested, and treated to lower the chance that it carries an infection. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of skin infection like oozing, heat, swelling, redness, or pain.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Dizziness or passing out.
- Muscle weakness.
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Irritation where the shot is given.
- Signs of a common cold.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.
Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as a shot into the muscles of the face.
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
- If you need to store this drug at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- This drug comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this drug is refilled. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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