Dr. M.J. Bazos MD,
Injections: A treatment for muscle spasms
What is botulinum
Botulinum toxin is a protein. It can stop some
of the chemical messages that are sent from nerves. These messages tell the
muscles to contract in spasms (to tighten up). Botulinum toxin is used to stop
muscle spasms because it blocks these messages.
Are botulinum toxin injections
Botulinum toxin is made by the same bacteria
that causes food poisoning. A high dose of botulinum toxin could be fatal, just
as food poisoning can be fatal. However, the dose given in injections is so
small that it's unlikely you'll have any harmful effects from the toxin.
Botulinum toxin has been used safely in
thousands of people. It has been used for more than 10 years.
Why do I need botulinum toxin
Your doctor may be considering botulinum toxin
injections to treat certain muscle spasms on your face or eyelids. The
injections can also be used for some eye movement disorders, such as a lazy eye.
Botulinum toxin is a standard treatment for spasmodic torticollis, a muscle
spasm that causes the head and neck to pull in one direction. Your doctor may
use the botulinum toxin injections to treat other problems as well.
How are botulinum toxin injections
Botulinum toxin is mixed with saline (salt
water) and injected into the muscle with a very small needle. You may receive 5
to 10 injections.
You might have some soreness at the injection
sites. If your injection sites get sore, you can take acetaminophen (one brand
name: Tylenol) or ibuprofen (one brand name:Motrin). You can also put an ice
pack on the painful area.
Will I have any side
You might have weakness in the muscles that were
injected, muscle soreness that may affect your whole body, difficulty swallowing
or a red rash that lasts for several days after the injections. Some people have
severe weakness in the muscles that were injected. All side effects go away