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What Is IncobotulinumtoxinA Used For?

IncobotulinumtoxinA is prescribed for a few purposes, including the temporary improvement of wrinkles between the eyebrows, neck pain, and eyelid twitching. It is a type of toxin that works by disrupting certain nerve signals, allowing the muscles to relax. These effects, however, are not permanent -- more injections are needed to maintain the beneficial effects. Off-label uses of incobotulinumtoxinA include treating drooling, underarm sweating, and migraines.

An Overview of Uses for IncobotulinumtoxinA

IncobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin®) is one of three different botulinum toxin type A medications currently available (the others are Botox® and Dysport®). It is approved for the following three uses:
  • Temporarily improving the appearance of wrinkles between the eyebrows (frown lines)
  • Relieving neck pain and abnormal head position associated with cervical dystonia (a certain kind of muscle spasm of the head and neck)
  • Treating eyelid twitching or spasms (known medically as blepharospasm) in people previously treated with Botox.

IncobotulinumtoxinA for Facial Lines

IncobotulinumtoxinA is approved to temporarily reduce the appearance of "frown lines" between the eyebrows in adults. The beneficial effects are temporary. In order to maintain the effects, you will need to receive incobotulinumtoxinA injections periodically.

IncobotulinumtoxinA Use for Muscle Spasms

IncobotulinumtoxinA is also approved to treat cervical dystonia, a condition that involves unusual muscle spasms or contractions in the head or neck, in adults. Cervical dystonia frequently causes a number of problems, such as:
  • An abnormal head position -- often twisted to one side
  • Abnormal head or neck movements
  • Neck pain.
IncobotulinumtoxinA 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 a few weeks and last for a few months.
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