Is Botox Safe to Get if I Have Reumatoid Arthritis?

I am currently taking methotrexate two times weekly and Humira injections nice every other week. Please advise. Thanks,Susan

Doctor Answers 6

No absolute reason to avoid Botox in Rheumatoid arthritis patients

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As long as your rheumatologist does not object, there shouldn't be a problem in a patient having Botox because they have rheumatoid arthritis. The risk of temporary (less than two weeks) bruising may be more because of the medicine that is often prescribed for pain.

Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox and other health issues

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Botox is not contraindicated while taking Methotrexate, and is safe to have injected if you have rheumatoid arthritis.  

Botox can be used in Rheumatoid arthritis

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Having RA does not mean that you can not have Botox injections, however, if you are on NSAID or steroid, these tend to cause bleeding and thinning of the skin, respectively,w hich may result in a little more bruising than usual. You may also want to consider other options for skin-tightening and wrinkle removal, such as dermabrasion and/or lasers.

Srdjan Ostric, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Botox and RA

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Dear Susan,
there are no known adverse events due to interaction between Botox injections and rheumatoid arthritis medications such as methotrexate.  Moreover, it is safe for patients with rheumatoid arthritis to undergo Botox injections as we have treated patients with Botox and Dysport with the same condition.  Best of luck.

Botox use in rheumatoid arthritis patient

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Rheumatoid arthritis does not contraindicate the use of Botox. However, if you have any concerns, since you are under the care of a rheumatologist, you should feel free to discuss it with him. See a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist who is experienced in the use of injectibles.

Botox in the presence of rheumatoid arthritis or biologic medications

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There is no problem in receiving Botox cosmetic treatments in the presence of rheumatoid arthritis, or in the presence of methotrexate and Humira. Make sure you see an expert injector such as a dermatologist for optimal safety and results. Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto Dermatology Centre.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

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