Botox, which is scientifically known as Botulinum toxin, has long been used as a wrinkle treatment by men and women of all ages. Although Botox treatments are generally considered to be safe when used for cosmetic surgery purposes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that this popular anti-aging treatment can be potentially fatal when used to treat muscle spasms.
This is particularly true when used to help children who are experiencing uncontrollable muscle movements. The fact that Botox is a botulin-based drug means that it can potentially create the same side effects that are associated with botulism.
These symptoms include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Slurred speech
- Muscle weakness
These symptoms are caused by paralyses or weakening of the affected muscles and may develop within just hours after receiving an injection. It can ultimately lead to death if left untreated.
The FDA is now requiring the manufacturer of Botox, Allergan, to carry a warning on its label regarding this possible side effect. The same is true for other drug manufacturers who include botulinum toxin in the manufacture of anti-aging products.
In addition, these manufacturers are now required to conduct additional safety studies and to distribute pamphlets to patients that detail the risks of treatment.
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