When and How to Take It

General considerations for when and how to take Botox include the following:
  • The drug comes in injectable form. It is injected 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 before the injection, but this is not necessary. If you are worried about pain, be sure to ask your healthcare provider about using an anesthetic cream.
  • For injection into the bladder, you might be sedated or put under general anesthesia, depending on several factors. 
  • The effects of Botox are not permanent. You will need to receive injections periodically in order to maintain the effects.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Dosing Information

The dose of Botox your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The condition being treated
  • How you respond to Botox
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Botox Dosage for more information.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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