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  1. What is BOTOX?®
  2. How does BOTOX® work?
  3. How is BOTOX® administered?
  4. Does the treatment hurt?
  5. When does BOTOX® start to work?
  6. How long does the effect last?
  7. How long can I be treated with BOTOX®?
  8. Is BOTOX® a new treatment?
  9. Is BOTOX® right for me?
  10. What side effects may be experienced when using BOTOX®?

What is BOTOX?®
BOTOX® is a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent that works at motor nerve endings (nerves that lead to muscles). It is in a class of drugs called neurotoxins.

BOTOX® is a novel therapeutic agent derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. Also known as Botulinum Toxin Type A, the brand BOTOX® is produced in controlled laboratory conditions and given in extremely small doses.

How does BOTOX® work?
Normally your brain sends electrical messages to your muscles so they can contract and move. The electrical message is transmitted to the muscle by a substance called acetylcholine. BOTOX® works to block the release of acetylcholine and, as a result, the muscle doesn’t receive the message to contract.

How is BOTOX® administered?
BOTOX® is injected into the muscle. Your Murray Center doctor will determine the muscle(s) in need of treatment.

Does the treatment hurt?
A very fine needle is used for the one to three injections that are usually given per muscle. Some patients report minor and temporary discomfort from treatment.

When does BOTOX® start to work?
Usually, you will see the effects of BOTOX® within three days. The maximum benefit is reached in one to two weeks.

How long does the effect last?
Given its unique mechanism of action, BOTOX® offers sustained relief, dose after dose over the course of long-term treatment. The effect from a single treatment of BOTOX® will normally be sustained for approximately three months. You will notice a gradual fading of its effects. At this point you may return to The Murray Center for your next treatment.

Usually, BOTOX® treatment is required only three to four times a year. The degree of results and duration of effect varies from person to person. Consult your Murray Center doctor, who has special knowledge about how to achieve the best possible results with BOTOX® for your individual case.

How long can I be treated with BOTOX®?
Treatment with BOTOX® can typically be repeated indefinitely. BOTOX® has been used for over 10 years worldwide. Acceptable safety in long-term treatment has been well established!

Is BOTOX® a new treatment?
No. BOTOX® has been used for over 10 years in thousands of patients worldwide. The American Academy of Ophthalmology, and National Institutes of Health have recognized BOTOX® (Botulinum Toxin Type A) as a valuable treatment.

Is BOTOX® right for me?
Ask your Murray Center doctor if BOTOX® is the right treatment for you. BOTOX® should not be used during pregnancy, if you are nursing, or if you are taking certain medications. Ensure that your Murray Center doctor is aware of any current medications you are taking.

What side effects may be experienced when using BOTOX®?
All medications have some side effects. With BOTOX®, side effects are usually transient and mild to moderate in nature. Some people notice temporary weakness of muscles or discomfort at the injection site.

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