"Nov. 2, 2012 -- Safety steps taken in the wake of the fungal meningitis outbreak have worsened drug shortages, raising questions about whether the U.S. must choose between the safety and the availability of crucial medicines.
Xeomin Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin)?
- What are the possible side effects of incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin)?
- What is the most important information I should know about incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin)?
- How is incobotulinumtoxinA given (Xeomin)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Xeomin)?
- What happens if I overdose (Xeomin)?
- What should I avoid while taking incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin)?
- What other drugs will affect incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin)?
You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to botulinum toxin, 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.
To make sure incobotulinumtoxinA is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- 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;
- if you have had or will have surgery (especially on your face); or
- if you have ever received other botulinum toxin injections such as Botox, Dysport, or Myobloc (especially in the last 4 months).
IncobotulinumtoxinA 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.
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.
It is not known whether incobotulinumtoxinA passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How is incobotulinumtoxinA given (Xeomin)?
This medication is injected into a muscle. A doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. IncobotulinumtoxinA injections should be spaced at least 3 months apart.
Botulinum toxin injections should be given only by a trained medical professional.
Your injection may be given into more than one area at a time, depending on the condition being treated.
While receiving botulinum toxin injections for an eye muscle conditions, you may need to use eye drops, ointment, a special contact lens or other device to protect the surface of your eye. Follow your doctor's instructions.
It may take up to 7 days after injection before neck muscle spasm symptoms begin to improve.
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.
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.
Additional Xeomin Information
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
Chronic Pain/Back Pain
Find tips and advances in treatment.