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Anxiety, Depression, Brain fog, dizziness, etc. from Botox

  • San Diego3836
  • San Diego, CA
  • 3 years ago

Anyone have problems with dizziness, anxiety, and depression after getting Botox? My last injections were August 31st and a few days after I started having panic, nausea, phobias, tremors, and a strange feeling in my head. I had 100 units for migraines. Anyone know how long this will last?

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I told my doc I wanted "a little" Botox and ended up with 70 units. Within 6 hours, the panic attacks set in. I could not sleep and was having panic attacks constantly. I also lost 10 lbs from my 118 lb frame and looked emaciated. The deem who did the injections said it wasn't the Botox, and my GP said the same thing and gave me ATIVAN. Well, miraculously, when the Botox wore off, so did my anxiety and weight loss. It took 9 weeks for me to start to feel better. Anxiety is listed as a side effect in the Allergan Botox information. I never called them, but I think I will to report it. I wouldn't touch Botox with a ten-foot pole. I received my injections from a highly-reputable dermatologist/surgeon in Canada in the summer of 2012.
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I only had 16 units, 8 for each eye to treat crows feet, a week ago and i have been feeling exactly as I used to feel when i took antidepressants to treat my panic disorder. I finally had my PD under control after many years. After the injections I've had a headache for a week, at day 3 the headache was terrible! Neck pain, upper back pain, anxiety, vivid dreams, head pressure, eye pain and bad dizziness. I can't wait for this stuff to wear off. My eyes look awesome but I dont care, i dont want to feel like this anymore...
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I am old LoL and wish I could use it but I will never feel like that again if I can help it. I truly thought I was going to die. It gets better. Slowly. I'm kept a journal. It is the Botox. It will get better. Cleanse your body. Take baths in Epsom salts and Lavendar essential oils. Drink lots of water.
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I should follow-up my initial post of last year and state that it took about 3 months for me to feel "normal" after my Botox injections. My GP was of no help. The Dr. that did the injections was *eventually* marginally better. Initially saying that "he'd never had a patient report a bad reaction or heard of some of the symptoms I had - despite it being on the literature FROM Allergan. He suggested I don't do Botox again and after 2 attempts, Allergan (the manufacturer) called me and asked about my symptoms. THEY SAID THAT SEVERAL OF THEM WERE CLASSIC, DEFINITELY BOTOX-RELATED. (sorry for yelling... just want to be sure that people realize that even the manufacturer admits that there are bad-effects to this stuff.) They also said that the good news is that the symptoms would "eventually" disappear. They did, but it took about 3 to 4 months for them to do so. In the meantime, I spent a quarter or more of a year feeling like death warmed over, thinking I was going crazy - the anxiety and insomnia were the worst. I was unable to sleep at ALL for 3 days straight. I haven't had Botox since and will never do it again.
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Exactly Joren. I am old LoL and wish I could use it but I will never feel like that again if I can help it. I truly thought I was going to die. It gets better. Slowly. I kept a journal.
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Absolutely!!! I had Botox before my wedding 7 years ago, I ended up with anxiety/panic attacks/depression/ trouble breathing about 3 days after my injections. EVERYONE, including the doctor said it was absolutely not from the Botox. Fear of getting married was what everyone said. So a few months ago, I tried to brave Botox injections once again. SAME thing. 3 days later I went to my local emergency, because I couldn't catch my breath and was having severe anxiety/panic attacks. The emerg doc said it wasn't from the Botox, but prescribed adivan for my anxiety. NEVER again!!!! Scary stuff!!!!!
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I couldn't breathe either. I know exactly how you felt. I am old LoL and wish I could use it but I will never feel like that again if I can help it. I truly thought I was going to die. It gets better. Slowly. I'm kept a journal. Thank God my GP (not the doctor who gave me injections) believed me but there was nothing he could do. He said I had all the symptoms of botulism.
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I am praying that someone can help me! I had Botox injections about 10 days ago and 3 days after receiving them I woke up struggling to catch my breath. I get exhausted just walking a few feet, and am constantly yawning or taking big, exaggerated breaths to try to get oxygen into my body. The breaths rarely work and the cycle starts all over again. My doctor said that I'm fine and put it down to anxiety (which I've never suffered from before). I even tried a Xanax for the first time, and it made zero difference to my breathing so I know it is not anxiety. My left eye has been twitching constantly since getting the Botox, and as of yesterday my left cheek now feels numb, as though I've had a dental block on that side. My derm (who injected me) claims there is zero chance that these symptoms are from Botox, but I can't see what else it can be. I feel like I'm going mad and the shortness of breath means I cannot even be a mother to my two very young kids. I am desperate. Please help!
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Sorry this is how my nightmare began
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Hi! I'm so sorry you've found yourself sick from this toxin!!! Please know it's from the Botox and all doctors say the same thing, it's not the Botox. There are thousands of us who've experienced or are in your shoes at the moment. I too had small kids when I fell ill from my injections! I was 32 with twin 3 year old boys and a foster 2 year old little girl. Please know you will get through this! The first 4 weeks were the hardest but everyday got a little better than the next. My primary care doc put me on prednisone, and antibiotics....I think it might of helped with the initial breathing stuff. It's very very scary! Drink plenty of water and let your body rest as much as possible. There is a large group of us on another forum if you want to check it out:)
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I am so sorry you are definitely having reaction to Botox. Seek emergency help for your breathing. If your Dr won't help go to another hospital immediately and find help. This is nothing to full around with. The Dr who injected you should be helping!
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I'm not sure about the feeling exhausted by walking but waking up struggling to catch a breath could be sleep apnea. I get if every now and then. It's when you stop breathing for a few seconds while asleep and you wake up gasping for breath. It can give someone anxiety attacks and extreme tiredness.
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I had a reaction and my doctor seems to believe I had a virus. He gave me the same spill about never in all the injections he gave did anyone have a reaction like I was complaining about. It wasn't botox.
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I had dental issues also, i had a bad shock to a tooth nerve that made me so dizzy i almost fell. it was 3 days after the injection as well. I only had a total of 16 units and i am stressed the hell out with eye pain, nausea, anxiety...horrible! I was hoping it wasnt the botox cause I love my appearance but this stuff isnt worth it.
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The symptoms are from Botox. You are not going mad. I had the same exact symptoms as have many thousands of others. I truly thought I was going to die. I tried to medicate myself because I thought I was having an allergic reaction. If you REALLY feel you can't breathe, take some Benadryl. However, I was taking so much over the counter medication that I think it was making me worse. I started to feel better when I did the following: Cleanse my body of all medications. Drink lots of water. Take a bath in Lavendar Epsom salts ( of you can find them, if not, regular Epsom salts) mixed with Lavendar essential oils. It will take a good 3 months to work out of your system. Keep talking here if you feel bad. Write to the company so it is documented. Wrote to the Department of Health if in the US. Write to the FDA if you are in the US so they can document these cases.
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Hi Migraines2014. I wish I had a hundred dollars for every time a dr says, "oh, I do thousands of Botox injections and I've never seen this before." Well, guess what I want to say to them, "WELL, YOU HAVE NOW!" and I don't believe for one second that they've never had a single patient call or complain about scary reactions they're experiencing after Botox. Those docs are a disgrace to the medical profession. Have you ever heard anything so ridiculous as saying that because they've never seen something, it must not exist? Well, I've never seen Mars but that doesn't mean it's not real. I find the most annoying docs are the ones who make blatant, quick judgments, Nope, not Botox. Never happened. It's insulting and offensive to dismiss the symptoms or blame it on some random virus or, even worse, insinuating the patient had some pre-existing condition or it's their imagination. Drs are supposed to treat people who are ill, and if they don't know the proper treatment, they're supposed to refer them to someone who does. I've never heard anyone on this site say that their injecting doc admitted the problem/s they're experiencing was Botox-related and then given them a treatment plan. It's pretty scary, in my opinion.
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Hi Whywhywhy! How are you feeling? That's just horrible you're suffering with such side effects. Have they improved any? Just hang in there. Your derm's behavior is so typical, unfortunately, and it's disgraceful. You're definitely reacting to the Botox. Time seems to be the best healer. So try to be patient and remain calm, if you can. It's very scary, I know.
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Hi all, It's now gone 6 weeks since my botox and I haven't had any problems or symptoms until now. I noticed "not sure" but could be hives? I only seem to get them on my arms and part of my leg after a shower which disappears after about 20 minutes with some normal cream. It's not lumpy like hives but very small spots and also like a sunburn rash. It don't itch but I'm worried because once I noticed the hives I've been having this strange feeling. The only way to describe it is like having sleep apnea but being awake. I get it about 4 or 5 times a day. I'm completely relaxed and all of a sudden I stop breathing for a few seconds and a electric shock goes down my body. I thought anxiety attacks were the feeling of not being able to breath but I know I actually can't breath when I have an episode. I'm worried I'm going to stop breathing. I don't have breathing problems as when I take a deep breath It seems fine. Does this sound like Hives and an anxiety attack? Would Hives go away after 20minutes like mine do and I get it after a shower or a bath. I'm too scared to go out incase I stop breathing but I only get this after I noticed the rash. How long would this last for? Until the botox wears off?
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Don't be fooled by these doctors who claim that Botox is not poisonous. It is a toxin, plain and simple. Who would knowingly put a poison into their bodies? Plenty of people do, including my sister who only had injections of Dysport (Botox competitor) twice. Years later, she is suffering from tremors, vision problems, anxiety, depression, ringing in her ears, fatigue......the list goes on and on. She is suffering every day. It is not worth it! Of course doctors of cosmetic medicine would say it is safe. They don't want to lose patients or tick off the pharmaceutical companies.
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i have talked to several doctors after having a bad reaction to cosmetic botox,and they all look at me like i am crazy.they inform me they do hundreds of botox injections a day and no one else complains abt. symptoms.or maybe they brush off the symptoms as something else.
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They brush it off as something else! Are you kidding?! They know exactly what the serious debilitating risks are ! There is a black box warning on the box that the patient never sees. Convenient for them, there is no test to prove we are in fact suffering from iatrogenic botulism. They must protect their cash cow! I have lost all trust and faith in doctors because of this whole experience. Pushing drugs on me, having panic attacks ,depressed......Naturopathic have been the best through this ordeal for healing if your interested.
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Watch the Botox commercials and they say the warnings right on TV as well as the ticker on the bottom of the screen. So the docs know exactly what Botox can do and it is so irresponsible for them to deny the risks, especially when they occur right after someone's been injected.
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My primary care doctor believed me. He told me I had all the symptoms of botulism.
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I had a horrible time with these exact side effects from botox & my doctor always assured me that it wasn't from the botox. It subsided after a couple of months. It caused panic/anxiety, depression and a rapid weight loss within a brief period and I know it was from the botox. In addition, I was having a hard time verbally articulating my words and time would slip away from me totally- as if my internal clock was off. It was a miserable 2-3 months. The dose I had wasn't very large at all. I'm assuming I'm very susceptible to its side effects for some reason. Hang in there. It'll get better- when you stop the injections all together.
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have you got a mirena coil fitted???? my wife went through this for 18 months , blaming other traumatic events in her life , but ultimately it was the coil being removed that sorted her out... the effect on our family was terrible and traumatic.
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