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Botox Risks

Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA, previously known as botulinum toxin type A) is a prescription injection used for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and treating severe sweating and various muscle spasm conditions. Although many people respond well to this drug, there are certain risks associated with Botox.
The medication may cause a number of side effects. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with Botox include droopy eyelids, facial or neck pain, headaches, and nausea. In most cases, side effects of the drug are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
Botox may also increase the risk of swallowing difficulties, cause allergic reactions, or decrease your blinking reflex (which can lead to corneal abrasion or other eye problems). These problems may be more likely to occur in people with certain medical conditions, so make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other conditions you have before you receive any Botox injections.
(Click Botox Side Effects and Botox Warnings and Precautions for information about other potential risks, to learn about other possible side effects of the drug, and to find out who should avoid using this medication.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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