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A Botox Injury and Lawsuit

Have you or your child suffered an injury because of receiving Botox injections? If this is true, you really ought to get in touch with a personal injury attorney. There may be compensation that is rightfully due you or your child for your Botox injury.

Botox is a drug that is produced from a toxin that is made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Clostridium botulinum is a Gram-positive, rod-shaped bacterium that produces several toxins. The best known of these toxins are its neurotoxins that are subdivided in types A-G.

The type of toxin that Botox is made from is the same toxin that results in a life-threatening kind of food poisoning that is known as botulism. However, when given by a doctor in small doses, Botox blocks certain nerves, or it paralyzes or weakens certain muscles. The effects of Botox last around three to four months.

Botox was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989 for the treatment of two eye muscle disorders. One was strabismus (misaligned eyes), and the other was blepharospasm (uncontrollable eye blinking).

In 2000, Botox was approved by the FDA to treat cervical dystonia. Cervical dystonia is a movement disorder that brings about severe shoulder and neck contractions.

An unusual side effect of Botox was that it softened the glabellar (vertical frown) lines between the eyebrows that tend to cause a person to appear to be angry, upset or look tired. However, it was not until April 2002, after being demonstrated in clinical studies, that the FDA approved the use of Botox for reducing the severity of frown lines.

Now, in 2013, Botox has received approval by the FDA for treating what is commonly referred to as "Crow's Feet." These are wrinkles that are located at the outside corners of a person's eyes.

The FDA regulates drugs, but it does not regulate how they are used. A drug may be used by a doctor for purposes that are different from the ones that are stated on the label. This is known as "off-label" use. Botox has been used off-label in the treatment of several conditions, including cerebral palsy in children.

Botox is given by injection. In April 2009, the FDA required a black box label for Botox, which warned of the risk of side effects of a Botox injection when the effects of the injection spread beyond the site where it was injected. The most serious effects included hospitalization and death, which took place for the most part in children who were being treated for limb spasticity that is associated with cerebral palsy.

Some of the side effects resulting from Botox are similar to those that are produced by botulism poisoning

Some of these are:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Flu syndrome
  • Problems with swallowing
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Facial pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Respiratory infection
  • Headache
  • Difficulty holding your head up

Again, if you or your child has suffered an injury because of taking Botox injections, you really ought to get in touch with a personal injury attorney and let him or her evaluate your case.