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What Is AbobotulinumtoxinA Used For?

AbobotulinumtoxinA helps treat "frown lines," as well as spasms of the head and neck. Typically, the effects of this drug last between three and four months. You will need to get periodic injections in order to maintain the results. In some cases, a healthcare provider may recommend "off-label" uses of abobotulinumtoxinA, such as the treatment of eyelid twitching, severe underarm sweating, and drooling.

Approved AbobotulinumtoxinA Uses

AbobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport®) is one of two different botulinum toxin type A medications currently available (the other is Botox®). It is licensed to improve the appearance of facial lines and to treat muscle spasms of the head and neck.
 

Why Is It Used for Facial Lines?

AbobotulinumtoxinA is approved to temporarily reduce the appearance of "frown lines" between the eyebrows in people 65 years old or younger. It is not approved for older individuals, as studies have suggested that the drug is less effective in this age group.
 
The beneficial effects of abobotulinumtoxinA for frown lines between the eyebrows last about three to four months. In order to maintain the effects, you will need to receive injections on a regular basis.
 

Using AbobotulinumtoxinA for Muscle Spasms

AbobotulinumtoxinA is also used for cervical dystonia, a condition that involves unusual muscle spasms or contractions in the head or neck. Frequently, cervical dystonia causes an abnormal head position (often twisted to one side), abnormal head or neck movements, and neck pain. AbobotulinumtoxinA can help decrease the severity of the abnormal head position and can help relieve neck pain.
 
Although the drug will usually cause some improvement immediately, the full effects may take two to four weeks to develop and last for about three months.
 
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