Is botulinum neurotoxin injection therapy safe?


Botulinum neurotoxin injection therapy is quite safe. And since it is a temporary medication, even if there is a complication the effect isn't permanent and will wear off after a few months.

It may be confusing that a treatment has the word “toxin” in its name. However, when administered by a trained and experienced physician, botulinum neurotoxin injections are a safe and effective medical therapy that has been studied for decades. The doses of botulinum neurotoxin used to treat dystonia are far less than the amount needed to even begin to make a person ill from botulism.

Continue Learning about Dystonia


When your muscles contract involuntarily, the condition is called dystonia. Dystonia causes a twisting or clenching of whatever body part is affected. For example, when you have a stroke, the affected arm and hand may be clenched ...

and held in a strange position. Dystonia can be very mild or very severe. It can make your life very difficult and this can lead to frustration, depression or anxiety. See your doctor to treat your symptoms and talk over your frustrations.

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