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Dysport

Available in the form of an injection, Dysport is a prescription drug that helps improve the appearance of wrinkles between the eyebrows. It can also relieve neck pain associated with a certain type of muscle spasm. The effects of this injection are temporary; to maintain the effects, you will need periodic treatments. Common side effects include muscle pain, droopy eyelids, and difficulty swallowing.

What Is Dysport?

Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) is a prescription injection that is approved to:
  • Temporarily improve the appearance of wrinkles between the eyebrows (frown lines)
  • Relieve neck pain and abnormal head position associated with cervical dystonia (a certain kind of muscle spasm of the head and neck).
(Click Dysport Uses for more information on indications for this drug, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes Dysport?

Dysport is made by Ipsen Biopharm, Ltd., and is marketed and distributed by Tercica, Inc., and Medicis Aesthetics, Inc.

How Does Dysport Work?

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

When and How to Take It

General considerations to keep in mind when taking Dysport include the following:
  • The drug comes in injectable form. It is injected directly into the muscles that are causing the problems.
  • 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, ask your healthcare provider about using an anesthetic cream.
  • The effects of this medication are not permanent. You will need to receive injections periodically in order to maintain the effects.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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