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abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport)

Pronunciation: A boe BOT ue LYE num TOX in A

Brand: Dysport

What is the most important information I should know about Dysport?

The botulinum toxin contained in this medication can spread to other body areas beyond where it was injected. This has caused serious life-threatening side effects in some people receiving botulism toxin injections, even for cosmetic purposes.

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Call your doctor at once if you have a hoarse voice, drooping eyelids, vision problems, severe muscle weakness, loss of bladder control, or trouble breathing, talking, or swallowing. Some of these effects can occur up to several weeks after a botulinum toxin injection.

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Botulinum toxin injections should be given only by a trained medical professional, even when used for cosmetic purposes.

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Do not seek botulinum toxin injections from more than one medical professional at a time. If you switch healthcare providers, be sure to tell your new provider how long it has been since your last botulinum toxin injection.

Using this medication more often than prescribed will not make it more effective and may result in serious side effects.

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You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to botulinum toxin or cow's milk, or if you have an infection, swelling, or muscle weakness in the area where the medicine will be injected.

Before receiving a botulinum toxin injection, tell your doctor if you have ALS ( Lou Gehrig's disease), myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, a breathing disorder, trouble swallowing, facial muscle weakness, a change in the appearance of your face, seizures, bleeding problems, heart disease, diabetes, if you have had or will have surgery, or if you have ever received other botulinum toxin injections such as Botox or Myobloc.

The effects of a botulinum toxin injection are temporary. Your symptoms may return completely within 3 months after an injection. After repeat injections, it may take less and less time before your symptoms return, especially if your body develops antibodies to the botulinum toxin.

What is abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport)?

AbobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport), also called botulinum toxin type A, is made from the bacteria that causes botulism. Botulinum toxin blocks nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity.

Dysport is used to treat cervical dystonia (severe spasms in the neck muscles).

Dysport is also used to temporarily lessen the appearance of facial wrinkles.

Dysport may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before I receive Dysport?

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You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to botulinum toxin or cow's milk, or if you have an infection, swelling, or muscle weakness in the area where the medicine will be injected. Tell your doctor if you have ever had a side effect after receiving a botulinum toxin in the past

If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests:

  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or "Lou Gehrig's disease");
  • myasthenia gravis;
  • Lambert-Eaton syndrome;
  • a breathing disorder such as asthma or emphysema;
  • problems with swallowing;
  • facial muscle weakness (droopy eyelids, weak forehead, trouble raising your eyebrows);
  • a change in the normal appearance of your face;
  • a seizure disorder;
  • bleeding problems;
  • heart disease;
  • diabetes;
  • if you have had or plan to have surgery (especially on your face); or
  • if you have ever received other botulinum toxin injections such as Botox or Myobloc (especially in the last 4 months).

Dysport is made from human plasma (part of the blood) which may contain viruses and other infectious agents. Donated plasma is tested and treated to reduce the risk of it containing infectious agents, but there is still a small possibility it could transmit disease. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication.

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FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether botulinum toxin will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication..

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It is not known whether botulinum toxin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not receive this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How is Dysport given?

This medication is injected into a muscle. A doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. Dysport injections should be spaced at least 3 months apart.

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Botulinum toxin injections should be given only by a trained medical professional, even when used for cosmetic purposes.

Your injection may be given into more than one area at a time, depending on the condition being treated.

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The effects of a Dysport injection are temporary. Your symptoms may return completely within 3 months after an injection. After repeat injections, it may take less and less time before your symptoms return, especially if your body develops antibodies to the botulinum toxin.

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Do not seek botulinum toxin injections from more than one medical professional at a time. If you switch healthcare providers, be sure to tell your new provider how long it has been since your last botulinum toxin injection.

Using this medication more often than prescribed will not make it more effective and may result in serious side effects.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since botulinum toxin has a temporary effect and is given at widely spaced intervals, missing a dose is not likely to be harmful.

What happens if I overdose?

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Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may not appear right away, but can include muscle weakness, trouble swallowing, and weak or shallow breathing.

What should I avoid after receiving Dysport?

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Dysport may impair your vision or depth perception. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be able to see clearly.

Avoid going back to your normal physical activities too quickly after receiving an injection.

What are the possible side effects of Dysport?

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Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; feeling like you might pass out; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

The botulinum toxin contained in Dysport can spread to other body areas beyond where it was injected. This has caused serious life-threatening side effects in some people receiving botulism toxin injections, even for cosmetic purposes.

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Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects, some of which can occur up to several weeks after an injection:

  • trouble breathing, talking, or swallowing;
  • hoarse voice, drooping eyelids;
  • problems with vision;
  • unusual or severe muscle weakness (especially in a body area that was not injected with the medication);
  • loss of bladder control;
  • crusting or drainage from your eyes;
  • severe skin rash or itching;
  • fast, slow, or uneven heartbeats; or
  • chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, general ill feeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • muscle weakness near where the medicine was injected;
  • bruising, bleeding, pain, redness, or swelling where the injection was given;
  • headache, muscle pain or stiffness, neck or back pain;
  • fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, flu symptoms,
  • dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling;
  • nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of appetite;
  • dry mouth, dry eyes, ringing in your ears;
  • increased sweating in areas other than the underarms;
  • itchy or watery eyes, increased sensitivity to light; or
  • eyelid swelling or bruising.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Dysport?

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Other medications such as cold or allergy medicine, muscle relaxers, sleeping pills, bronchodilators, bladder or urinary medicines, and irritable bowel medicines can increase some of the side effects of Dysport. Tell your doctor if you regularly use any of these medications.

Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:

  • an injected antibiotic such as amikacin (Amikin), gentamicin (Garamycin), kanamycin (Kantrex), neomycin (Mycifradin, Neo-Fradin, Neo-Tab), paromomycin (Humatin, Paromycin), streptomycin, tobramycin (Nebcin, Tobi).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Dysport. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor that you have received Dysport in the past.

Where can I get more information?

Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA).


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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