Dosing With AbobotulinumtoxinA: An Introduction
The dosage of abobotulinumtoxinA
) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The condition being treated
- How you respond to abobotulinumtoxinA
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust this amount unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Dosage for Head and Neck Spasms
The starting recommended abobotulinumtoxinA dose for treating head and neck spasms (known medically as cervical dystonia) is 500 units divided among the affected muscles. The effects usually last for three or four months, after which the injections will need to be repeated. If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase the amount, usually in increments of 250 units.
Dosage for Wrinkles
AbobotulinumtoxinA is approved to treat "frown lines" between the eyebrows. The recommended dose to treat these kinds of wrinkles is 50 units of the drug, given as 5 injections of 10 units each, in specific areas above and between the eyebrows. The cosmetic effect of the medication usually lasts for three to four months, after which the injections will need to be repeated in order to maintain the desired effects.