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Dysport Uses

Dysport is licensed to reduce the appearance of "frown lines" and to treat muscle spasms of the head and neck. Typically, the effects of this drug last between three and four months. This product is not approved for people who are over 65 years of age or under 18 years of age. Off-label uses of Dysport include the treatment of severe underarm sweating, migraine headaches, and eyelid twitching.

What Is Dysport Used For?

Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) is one of two different botulinum toxin type A medications currently available (the other is Botox®). It is used to improve the appearance of facial lines and to treat muscle spasms of the head and neck.

Using Dysport for Facial Lines

Dysport is approved to temporarily reduce the appearance of "frown lines" between the eyebrows in people 65 years old or younger. It is not approved for older individuals, as studies have suggested that the drug is less effective in this age group. The beneficial effects of Dysport for frown lines between the eyebrows last about three to four months. In order to maintain the effects, you will need to receive injections periodically.

Dysport Uses for Muscle Spasms

Dysport is also licensed to treat cervical dystonia, a condition that involves unusual muscle spasms or contractions in the head or neck. Frequently, cervical dystonia causes an abnormal head position (often twisted to one side), abnormal head or neck movements, and neck pain. Dysport can help decrease the severity of the abnormal head position and can help relieve neck pain.
Although the drug will usually cause some improvement immediately, the full effects may take two to four weeks to develop and last for about three months.

How Does Dysport Work?

Dysport contains a toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. The drug works by decreasing nerve signals that are sent to muscles, which causes the muscles to relax. Dysport enters nerve cells and inhibits the release of acetylcholine, a chemical that transmits signals from nerve to nerve. The actions of the drug are not permanent, and the muscle will eventually recover and return to its previous state.

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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