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  • lws2000 lws2000 Jul 21, 2011 7:45 PM Flag

    BOTOX is safe & tested for many years

    What is Botox®? Botox® injections are a diluted form of botulism which is injected into facial muscles to paralyze or weaken the muscles that form wrinkles. Last year, the procedure was performed in the United States more than 1.6 million times, a 46 percent increase since 2000 and a 2,356 percent increase since 1997.

    The History of Botox® Botulinum toxins were first researched in the late 1960s to treat neurological disorders. otox was first approved by the FDA in 1989 to treat eye muscle disorders (blepharospasm, uncontrollable blinking, and strabismus, crossed eyes). In 2000, it was approved to treat cervical dystonia (a disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder contractions). As an unusual side effect of the eye disorder treatment, doctors observed that Botox® softened the frown lines between the eyebrow.

    See FDA Article for more information.


    FDA Approval In April 2002, the FDA was satisfied by its review of studies indicating that Botox® reduced the severity of frown lines for up to 120 days and approved the drug. It is under review for approval to treat brow furrow, migraine headache, chronic tension headache, upper limb spasticity, juvenile cerebral palsy, and hyperhidrosis.


    Botox® is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure performed. In the year 2003 there were 2,272,080 botox® injections performed. What kind of wrinkles do Botox® injections treat? Wrinkles that are caused by muscle contraction, such as frown lines, crow's feet, forehead creases, and neck bands can be safely and successfully treated with Botox®.

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    • ****lws2000: "In the year 2003 there were 2,272,080 botox® injections performed."

      A year data does not make a proof for safety, especially for a life-style treatment like Botox Cosmetic. Safety signals may take years to come out. See, for example, the lawsuits against Vioxx and Celebrex.

      Ralph Nader and his Public Citizen Organization were concerned enough about Botox Cosmetic to get involved. They successfully got the FDA to slap a blackbox label on Botox Cosmetic itself, not just Botox for clinical usage. Even celebrities like Angelica Huston have sworn off Botox Cosmetic because of its toxicity. See the link below and respective quote:

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      http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/art...
      Nevertheless, there are some celebrities such as Angelica Huston who no longer receive Botox injections due to freezing of her face. She claims that she had a serious headache for four days after receiving her Botox injection. This was with the injection being administered properly.
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      See the link below from Allergan for the FDA-approved label of Botox Cosmetic and a quote of part of the black box warning:

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      http://www.allergan.com/assets/pdf/botox...
      Postmarketing reports indicate that the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic and all botulinum toxin products may spread from the area of injection to produce symptoms consistent with botulinum toxin effects. These may include asthenia, generalized muscle weakness, diplopia, blurred vision, ptosis, dysphagia, dysphonia, dysarthria, urinary incontinence, and breathing difficulties. These symptoms have been reported hours to weeks after injection. Swallowing and breathing difficulties can be life threatening and there have been reports of death.
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    • The ignorance contained in thosee series of attempted "attention grabbing posts" does not merit such an eloquent response.
      I think your information is beyond that person's "scope of comprehension", however...
      Job well done! You have made the AGN M/B proud.

 
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