I'm suffering headaches, dizziness, anziety, eye pain and head pressure after low dose of botox. Is this normal?
Doctor Answers 5
Reaction to Botox
Your reaction is rare but can happen.
It appears to be a reaction of the nerves - Botox attaches to nerve endings.
These reactions vary - and often do not occur again.
If you are concerned, consult a neurologist.
Before having Botox again in the same area, I would try a single injection of Botox in a different area.
Or try one of the neurotoxins that is like Botox but not identical - Xeomin and Dsyport are the two most commonly used. Best wishes.
Side effects of BOTOX
I was involved in the original FDA studies using botox for eyelid spasms before it was a more consistent Allergan product. At that time, we were masked between placebo and the real drug. In all cases, the real drug effect of muscle weakening became apparent within a week or more after the injections and had a more lasting effect than the placebo. Interestingly, the symptoms of nausea and headache were remarkably similar to both drug and placebo.
Xeomin is a similar product made through a different process.
The body does not "get used to" botox, but can form antibodies to the protein surrounding the actual drug. This typically reduces the effect of botox, but does not represent a danger to you. Improvements in the production process has reduced this as an issue. I have never seen this reaction to the doses botox used for cosmetic purposes.
If you choose to try botox again in the future, it would be important to carefully plan the dose and areas injected. Allergan cannot respond whether these reactions are from the drug, or not, because they have been reported from both the drug itself and from a similar injection with saline (see package insert on Allergan's website). Therefore, you need to discuss these issues with your doctor. One simple solution would be to consider a saline injection in the same areas as a test.