AbobotulinumtoxinA (By injection)
Musculoskeletal Agent (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
AbobotulinumtoxinA is used to treat the abnormal head position and neck pain that result from cervical dystonia (severe muscle spasms of the neck). This medicine is also used cosmetically to improve the appearance of deep facial lines or wrinkles between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). It is also used to treat upper limb spasms in adults.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription and will be administered by your doctor.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into one of your muscles.
A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some foods and medicines can affect how abobotulinumtoxinA works. Tell your doctor if you are using an antibiotic medicine or a muscle relaxer.
Tell your doctor if you have received botulinum toxin for any reason in the last 4 months.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. You should not receive it if you had an allergic reaction to abobotulinumtoxinA, other botulinum toxin products, or cow’s milk protein.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have breathing problems, trouble swallowing, or nerve or muscle disease, such as ALS (Lou Gehrig disease), Lambert-Eaton syndrome, or myasthenia gravis. Tell your doctor if you have had surgery on your face or head.
The effects of this medicine may spread from the body area where the injection was given. Symptoms may appear hours to weeks after the treatment. Tell your doctor about any new health problem that starts or gets worse.
This medicine may make your muscles weak and cause vision problems. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
This medicine is made from donated human blood. Some human blood products have transmitted viruses, although the risk is low. Human donors and donated blood are both tested for viruses to keep the transmission risk low. Talk with your doctor about this risk if you are concerned.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Loss of bladder control
Trouble breathing, speaking, or swallowing, neck pain
Trouble seeing, blurred or double vision
Unusual weakness in other muscles (not where the shot was given)
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Redness, pain, tenderness, swelling, or weakness where the shot was given
Voice changes or losing your voice
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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