Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botulinum toxin type A 100unit powder for solution for injection vials )

 

Overview

Information specific to: Botulinum toxin type A 100unit powder for solution for injection vials  when used in Migraine Headache.

Botulinum Toxin Type A (Bot-you-line-um toxin type A) is a medicine which is used in a number of conditions - an example is excessive sweating.

The information in this Medicine Guide for Botulinum Toxin Type A varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.

Your medicine

Botulinum Toxin Type A is used to treat muscle spasms of the arm, foot, neck, eyelid and face. It works by stopping muscle contraction in the muscle that it is injected into. This prevents muscle spasm. It also blocks pain signals, which indirectly block the development of a migraine.

As Botulinum Toxin Type A may improve your mobility, you should take care to increase your level of activity gradually. Sudden increases in your level of daily activity may increase your chances of having falls or accidents.

increases in your level of daily activity may increase your chances of having falls or accidents.

Other information about Botulinum Toxin Type A:

  • your prescriber may vary the dose of your medicine to find what is best for you

Botulinum Toxin Type A is usually given to you by a healthcare professional. The person responsible for giving you your medicine will make sure that you get the right dose.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber or someone involved in your medical care.

Whether this medicine is suitable for you

Botulinum Toxin Type A is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

  • are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • are debilitated
  • are elderly
  • have an infection or inflammation in or around the area where Botulinum Toxin Type A is going to be injected
  • have Lambert-Eaton syndrome
  • have myasthenia gravis
  • have neuromuscular problems
  • have or have had swallowing difficulties
  • have or have risk factors for developing cardiovascular problems
  • have wasting or weakness of the muscle where Botulinum Toxin Type A is going to be injected

Furthermore the prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all for someone who is under the age of 18 years.

As part of the process of assessing suitability to take this medicine a prescriber may also arrange tests:

  • to check that this medicine is having the desired effect

Over time it is possible that Botulinum Toxin Type A can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Botulinum Toxin Type A has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.

Alcohol

Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.

In the case of Botulinum Toxin Type A:

  • there are no known interactions between alcohol and Botulinum Toxin Type A

Diet

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.

In the case of Botulinum Toxin Type A:

  • there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when having Botulinum Toxin Type A

Driving and operating machinery

When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

In the case of Botulinum Toxin Type A:

  • this medicine could affect your ability to drive or operate machinery

You should see how this medicine affects you before you judge whether you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt about whether you should drive or operate machinery, talk to your prescriber.

Family planning and pregnancy

Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.

In the case of Botulinum Toxin Type A:

  • the use of this medicine during pregnancy is not recommended. If you could become pregnant, you must use effective contraception or abstain from penetrative sex. You must contact your prescriber if you become pregnant, or think you have become pregnant, while having Botulinum Toxin Type A

You should discuss your personal circumstances with your doctor if you are pregnant or want to become pregnant. This is so that together you can make a decision about what treatment you may need during your pregnancy.

You should discuss whether there are any other medicines which you could take during pregnancy which would treat your condition.

Breast-feeding

Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.

In the case of Botulinum Toxin Type A:

  • breast-feeding is not recommended while having this medicine

Before you have Botulinum Toxin Type A you should discuss breast-feeding with your doctor or midwife. They will help you decide what is best for you and your baby based on the benefits and risks associated with this medicine. If you wish to breast-feed you should discuss with your prescriber whether there are any other medicines you could have which would also allow you to breast-feed.

Taking other medicines

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. At times your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, in other cases this may not be appropriate.

The decision to use medicines that interact depends on your specific circumstances. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, if it is believed that the benefits of taking the medicines together outweigh the risks. In such cases, it may be necessary to alter your dose or monitor you more closely.

Tell your prescriber the names of all the medicines that you are taking so that they can consider all possible interactions. This includes all the medicines which have been prescribed by your GP, hospital doctor, dentist, nurse, health visitor, midwife or pharmacist. You must also tell your prescriber about medicines which you have bought over the counter without prescriptions.

The following medicines may interact with Botulinum Toxin Type A:

  • spectinomycin

The following types of medicine may interact with Botulinum Toxin Type A:

  • aminoglycosides
  • neuromuscular blockers
  • other medicine containing botulinum toxin

If you are taking Botulinum Toxin Type A and one of the above medicines or types of medicines, make sure your prescriber knows about it.

Complementary preparations and vitamins

Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.

If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriber whether there are any known interactions with Botulinum Toxin Type A.

Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.

If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations and vitamins, you should tell your prescriber.

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