Botox is made from the bacteria botulinum toxin and is used both medically and cosmetically to temporarily relax muscles that cause aches, spasms or wrinkles. The injections provide relief that can last for three to six months. In the hours, days and weeks following Botox injections, certain side effects can occur. Alcohol should be avoided until you know how Botox injections affect you, and it should also be avoided prior to getting the injections.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Botox and Alcohol
Botox injections may cause side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness. These effects can worsen if you drink alcohol after you receive the injections. For this reason, Allergan.com recommends that you do not consume alcohol after getting Botox injections until you know how you react to it 1. It is also suggested that you avoid alcohol and other anti-inflammatory substances such as aspirin in the two week period before receiving Botox. This can minimize the possibility of side effects or reactions.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, botulinum toxin has been used to treat muscle disorders, such as spasms and neck pain, since 1980. Surgeons began using the bacteria for cosmetic purposes in 1987. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has since approved the injections as a temporary treatment for frown lines and wrinkles in adults ages 18 to 65.
It can also smooth wrinkles and frown lines on the face. Botox works by temporarily paralyzing muscles so they cannot contract. This gives relief from muscle aches and allows lines on the face to smooth out. Botox is typically not used for lines around the mouth, however, because the muscles in this area are necessary for talking and eating.
Botox Side Effects
Side effects of Botox are common and can last for just a few hours or a couple of weeks. In rare cases, the bacteria in Botox injections can spread to other parts of the body and cause symptoms similar to that of botulism, a type of food poisoning. Tell your doctor if you experience any of these serious symptoms such as loss of bladder control, hoarseness, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, trouble swallowing or breathing problems.
In addition to avoiding alcohol, other cautions should be exercised if you plan on receiving Botox injections. Since Botox can interact with medications, tell your doctor about every medicine you are taking including allergy, cold or anti-inflammatory medications. You should also tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have allergies, muscle problems, bleeding disorders, nerve problems or a history of heart problems or seizures.
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