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    • U.S. Brand Names: DysportT
    • Pharmacologic Category: Neuromuscular Blocker Agent, Toxin

    • This medicine is used to decrease lines and wrinkles of the face.
    • This medicine is used to treat spasms of the head. It may take 2 weeks to see improvement.
    • AbobotulinumtoxinA paralyzes the muscle getting the shot.


    How to take

    • This medicine is given as a shot into the muscle(s) causing the spasms.
    • This medicine is given as a shot into the muscles of the face.

    Missed Dose

    • Call healthcare provider for appointment.


    • This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.



    • Serious side effects have occurred when this medicine has spread from the treated area.
    • Please read the medication guide.


    • If you have an allergy to abobotulinumtoxinA or any other part of this medicine.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
    • If you are allergic to milk, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have an infection where the shot will be given.
    • If you have had a botulinum toxin product in the last 3 or 4 months.


    • If you have bleeding problems, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have lung disease, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have nerve disease, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have trouble swallowing, talk with healthcare provider.
    • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Irritation where the shot is given.
    • Muscle weakness or changes in vision can occur. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities that require you to be alert or have clear vision until you see how this medicine affects you.
    • Headache.
    • Decreased blinking.
    • Double vision.
    • Dry eyes. Using artificial tears may help.
    • Eyelid droop.
    • Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Bleeding in the eye can rarely occur.


    • Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.
    • Follow up with healthcare provider.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
    • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs or symptoms of infection. These include a fever of 100.5 degrees or higher, chills, severe sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, increased sputum or change in color, painful urination, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
    • Difficulty breathing.
    • Difficulty swallowing or speaking.
    • Severe muscle pain or weakness.
    • Sudden change in vision, eye pain, or irritation.
    • Unable to control bladder.
    • Any rash.
    • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
    • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
    • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
    • Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

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