What is Dysport?
Dysport contains botulinum toxin type A. Botulinum toxin acts as a barrier to the activities of nerves in muscles, causing an impermanent decrease in muscle action. The treatment normally takes only a couple of minutes, but the results last for extended periods of time.
What is this injection used for?
Dysport is often injected to treat spasms in the neck muscles, a condition known as cervical dystonia. Dysport injections are also used for the treatment of muscle spasticity in the lower and upper limbs. You can also use Dysport for the treatment of glabellar lines. Doctors may also use it to treat bilateral or unilateral blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, and axillary hyperhidrosis.
Dysport Side Effects
Common side effects:
Many of these side effects do not require any sort of medical supervision, and they may go away once the body adjusts to the treatment. However, there are some rare reactions that require medical attention. Inform your patient of all possible reactions, so they can identify any adverse effects and seek necessary treatment.
Rare side effects:
- Blurred vision
- Toxin migration
For treatment of patients suffering from cervical dystonia, the initial dose given is of 500 units; however, in some cases, modification of the dose is necessary. Follow-up treatments should be scheduled a minimum of 12 weeks apart. The effects may last up to 16 weeks or longer.
For correcting glabellar lines, the recommended dose of Dysport is a total of 50 units, with 10 units injected into each of the 5 recommended areas. This treatment can be repeated every 3 months, as needed.
Upper limb spasticity
For this, the dosage is based on the number of muscles needing treatment, the intensity of spasticity, and the effects of previous injections on the patient. It is advised not to exceed the dosage by 1,500 units. The treatment can be repeated every 12 weeks, as needed.
Lower limb spasticity in paediatric patients
The dose should be selected based on the affected muscle, treatment history, and severity of the condition. Do not exceed 15 units/kg for bilateral injections. Follow-up injections can be administered every 12 weeks.
*Adjustments can be made in the units mentioned above as the dosage will also be determined by the patient’s response to treatment and medical conditions. Usually, people start noticing the effect of Dysport after a few days or weeks, which normally lasts for 3 to 5 months.
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