Botox has the reputation of being a harmless, quick, and easy fix to facial wrinkles and a host of other conditions, but the drug is a form of deadly botulism that has been linked to serious, and in some cases deadly, injuries. Botox users have died when the drug travelled inside their bodied from the injection point to the lungs, heart and other vital organs.
The paralyzing power of Botox, which makes the drug so effective at preventing wrinkles from repetitive muscle movement, can be lead to problems with breathing, swallowing and other bodily functions. Botox patients also have suffered from partial paralysis after undergoing treatments.
The most common Botox injuries include:
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In February 2008, the Food and Drug Administration issued a public health warning to consumers about reports of deaths, breathing problems, and other adverse reactions caused by Botox. Some of the deaths and injuries involved unapproved uses of Botox in patients battling cerebral palsy patients and severe muscle spasms.
Botox is most commonly administered in elective, cosmetic procedures for patients hoping to improve their appearance by decreasing facial wrinkles and skin creases. Botox may be injected directly into the skin around the eyes, noses, and mouths of patients with laugh lines, Crow’s feet, and other facial imperfections they want to minimize.
While Botox is best known as a cosmetic wrinkle reducer, it is also is frequently used by doctors to treat symptoms of cerebral palsy, muscle spasms, excessive sweating and other conditions. These “off-label uses” of the product have not been approved by the FDA and represent a large portion of the Botox-related injuries and deaths reported each year.
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