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What should I know about Botox Cosmetic before taking it?

Botox Cosmetic is a neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes muscles or glands. Other medical conditions may prevent the use of Botox Cosmetic, such as amytrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease), asthma, dermatochalasis, speaking or voice difficulties, difficulty swallowing, heart attack, heart disease, heart arrhythmia, infection at the site of the injection, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, lung disorders, motor neuropathy, myasthenia gravis, ptosis, sebaceous skin or other skin infections or disorders, or incontinence. In individuals with a history of facial surgery, Botox Cosmetic may increase the incidence of side effects. Inform your doctor if you become pregnant, wish to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding before receiving onabotulinumtoxina type A injections. If you have had facial surgery or injections of Botox Cosmetic in the past four months, inform your doctor before having surgery. Tell your doctor about any medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, supplements, or herbs you are taking.

Botox Cosmetic should not be used in people younger than age 18. Botox Cosmetic may make you dizzy or sleepy, so avoid driving or using machinery until you feel alert enough to do so.

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