Monday, October 12, 2009

Botox and Dysport Receive New Generic Names

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the language of new safety warnings and revised the generic names of a vareity of botulinum toxins used for the treatment of medical conditions.

The FDA also announced it was changing the generic names for different types of botulinum toxins used for medical treatments. (The brand names remain unaffected)

  • Botox (new generic name is "onabotulinumtoxinA")
  • Myobloc (new generic name is "rimabotulinumtoxinB")
  • Dysport (new generic name is "abobotulinumtoxinA")
Botox and Dysport have been FDA approved for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles. Both are safe and effective non-surgical alternatives to other anti-aging treatments. It is frequently used for the following:
  • Frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Horizontal forehead creases
  • Crow's feet around the eyes
  • Lines on the upper lip caused by pursing the lips
  • Downturned corners of the mouth
  • Neck wrinkles and bands
Your dermatologist will determine where to inject and how much medication to use. Following treatment, you will see start seeing results in a few days, with peak results after a week. Repeat treatments are usually needed after 3-5 months when the Botox slowly wears off.

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