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How Long To Wait For Botox Injections After Medrol Medication?

Is there a waiting period between getting botox injections after finishing Medrol 4 mg pak? I recently had posion ivy and was put on this medication for 6 days, taking 6 (4mg) pills on day one, 5 on day 2, 4 on day three, etc. I am not sure how long I should wait since this supresses the immune system. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Doctor Answers (11)

Do I need to wait for Botox after using a Medrol dose pack?

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No, the Medrol dose pack was most likely prescribed to decrease the inflammation caused by the poison ivy and should have no effect on the Botox however, you should not, IMHO have the Botox injections if you have poison ivy in the area to be injected.


Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Botox after Medrol treatment

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There is no need to wait for Botox after Medrol treatment.  You may enjoy your Botox at any time.  Medrol should not interfere with the efficacy of your Botox treatment.

Sheri G. Feldman, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologist
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No need to wait for BOTOX® after Medrol

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There is no need to wait for BOTOX® injection after any steroid medication or Medrol. There is no interaction between them.

A. H. Nezami, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
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Waiting period for Botox

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You shouldn't have to wait because of the meds. I would just recommend getting over the itching of the poison ivy before having any elective cosmetic procedure for your own comfort. 

Michael L. Schwartz, MD
West Palm Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox & Steroids

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Dear Awsum87: There is no relation whatsoever between your Medrol pack & receiving Botox. You can receive the botox before, during , or after the Medrol without any worries

Khaled El-Hoshy, MD
Detroit Dermatologic Surgeon

Waiting period for Botox

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There is no waiting period for Botox when one takes any kind of steroids including the Medrol dose pack.  You can go ahead and have any injection at this point if you like.

Janet M. Neigel, MD
West Orange Oculoplastic Surgeon
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There is no waiting period for BOTOX® after taking Medrol®

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There are no interactions between BOTOX® [or other formulations of BTX-A], and there is no waiting period for BOTOX® after taking Medrol®, so go ahead and enjoy your BOTOX® treatment.

Kevin C. Smith, MD
Niagara Falls Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox's effect should not be affected by corticosteroid Prednisone

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The relaxation effect of Botox on muscles is related to the Botox being a competitive inhibitor in the junction between the nerve and muscle so the signal between the two does not cross the junction. In other words, the nerve can't tell the muscle to contract because the Botox pretends to be a neurotransmitter signal, acetylcholine, and blocks the receptors. Corticosteroids such as Prednisone decreases inflammation but there is no inflammatory response in the nerve muscle communication pathway.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologist
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Timing of Botox Treatment after Medrol Taper

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There is no need to wait after Medrol taper and Botox treatment. The steroid treatment does not affect the administration of Botox or the results.

Anifat Balogun, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon

How long after steroids should I wait before Botox

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The answer- no time at all.

Botox and Dysport work by interfering with communication between the nerves and the muscles that they serve. Steroids minimize the inflammation from immune response but it should not have any impact on Botox or Dysport injections aside from decreasing the swelling that may occur (rare in any case)

Kenneth Beer, MD
Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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