Available by prescription only, incobotulinumtoxinA is a type of toxin used for improving wrinkles, relieving neck pain, and treating eyelid twitching. It comes as an injection that is given directly into the muscles that are causing the problems. Although this drug can help relax these muscles, the effects are only temporary. Dry eyes, dry mouth, and droopy eyelids are possible side effects.
What Is IncobotulinumtoxinA?IncobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin®) is a prescription injection that is approved to:
- Temporarily improve the appearance of wrinkles between the eyebrows (frown lines)
- Relieve neck pain and abnormal head position associated with cervical dystonia (a certain kind of muscle spasm of the head and neck)
- Treat eyelid twitching or spasms (known medically as blepharospasm) in people previously treated with Botox®.
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Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, incobotulinumtoxinA may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common incobotulinumtoxinA side effects include but are not limited to:
- Droopy eyelids
- Dry eyes
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Neck pain.
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