Botox® Users Beware: Anti-wrinkle Drugs Linked to Paralysis and Death
Did you know that between November 1997 and December 2006, 658 people had reported adverse reactions to botulinum toxin? Of these, 180 people had difficulty swallowing or contracted aspiration pneumonia(pneumonia caused by breathing solids or liquids into the lungs) when food refluxed into their windpipe. 87 of those people had to be hospitalized, and unfortunately, 16 died.
Citing these facts, advocacy group Public Citizen has called for more cautions on Botox labeling. Public Citizen sites problems such as aspiration pneumonia, difficulty swallowing, and muscle weakness due to absorption of Botox into the system. Other potential complications associated with Botox include “eyelid droop,” which occurs when the substance is injected into muscles too close to the eyebrow, and the appearance of a “frozen face.”
FDA Issues Warning on Botox Death
The FDA issued an early communication about an ongoing safety review regarding Botox, citing reports of systemic adverse reactions including respiratory compromise and death following the use of botulinum toxins. The most serious cases had outcomes that included hospitalization and death.