Botox is a drug prepared from the neurotoxin botulin. The drug is most commonly used for cosmetic purposes and is injected into different areas of the face, removing wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles. Until recently Botox was believed to rarely cause serious side effects. However, after receiving systemic adverse event reports from patients suffering from reactions such as respiratory compromise and even death, the FDA initiated a safety review of Botox (Botulinum toxin Type A) and Myobloc (Botulinum toxin Type B). The reports of complications has been linked to both approved and unapproved uses such as:
- Cerebral palsy
- Limb spasticity
- Cervical dystonia
- Stroke related rigid muscles
FDA Safety Review of Botox Treatments
After a year of reviewing the safety and efficacy of Botox treatments, in 2009, the FDA revised the prescribing information for Botox treatment including a Black Box Warning with every Botox product. A Box Warning is the a type of warning that appears on the package of certain prescription drugs, the black box is reserved for drugs that have been shown to carry a significant risk of serious or fatal adverse events. At the time the FDA review was initiated, early in 2008, the FDA had received approximately 180 reports of serious adverse events linked to Botox
Serious Botox Side Effects
The FDA safety review revealed that in some patients, the Toxin Type A, the active ingredient in Botox, can spread beyond the site of injection and result in botulism, a potentially life-threatening illness that can cause:
- Respiratory failure
- Difficulty swallowing
- Double vision
- Trouble speaking
- Paralysis that spreads from the crania muscles down to the rest of the body
- Loss of muscle control.
Although these side effects had previously believed to be limited to patients with pre-existing neuromuscular conditions, new data suggests all patients can be at risk of serious reactions.
Legal Options for Botox Injury Patients
If you or a loved one has suffered harm related to a Botox, Botox Cosmetic, or Myobloc treatment, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your Botox related damages. Many patients are taking action against Botox maker Allergan for failing to adequately warn consumers about the life-threatening complications associated with Botox use, including infections and birth defects. Filing a Botox lawsuit may be able to help you recover compensation for the losses and expenses related to your injuries, including damages such as:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Future related damages.
Professional Botox Injury Lawyers
Victims of serious Botox side effects are advised to seek legal counsel from an experienced attorney who can explain your legal options and help you understand your chances at successfully recovering compensation in a Botox lawsuit. The Botox lawyers at Estey Bomberger offer free consultations and operate on a contingency fee basis, so potential claimants are not responsible for any legal fees unless their case is successfully resolved. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced product liability lawyer regarding your Botox injury case, please contact via email or on our 24/7 hotline.