Xeomin is the brand name for incobotulinumtoxinA. Xeomin is produced by Merz Pharmaceuticals, and is very similar to Botox. The main difference between Xeomin and Botox is that Xeomin doesn’t need to be refrigerated and does not have any additional preservatives.
The fact that Xeomin does not have any additional preservatives may prevent the immune system from reacting adversely to Xeomin. Xeomin is approved for cosmetic procedures, such as frown lines but it is also approved for cervical dystonia. Cervical dystonia is a medical condition in which the neck muscles contract, causing the head to turn involuntarily.
It is an extremely painful condition that has no cure. Despite the fact that there is no cure, there are treatments that are available. Xeomin treats the symptoms of cervical dystonia.Although the FDA approved Xeomin, there are still risks that are associated with Xeomin. There is some risk of the botulinum toxin spreading from the injection site to different parts of the body. If the botulinum toxin spreads, it can cause potentially life threatening symptoms such as swallowing difficulty and breathing difficulty. Although this is a risk for anyone who receives treatment with Xeomin, the biggest risk is to children that are treated with Xeomin for the off label use against cerebral palsy. There is also some risk of bleeding or bruising where the medicine is injected.
Also, risks of allergic reactions to the drug exist. Some of the most common side effects of Xeomin are sagging eyelids, dry eyes, dry mouth, headache, diarrhea, shortness of breath, visual impairment, and respiratory infection. As with any other medication, you should discuss all risks with your physician. You should also consult with your doctor about other medications that you are taking. Xeomin is similar to, but not the same as, Botox. If you have had an allergic reaction to Botox, you should not take Xeomin.