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Botox, Cerebral Palsy and Chiropractic

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on February 9, 2008

The FDA has just released the following notice on adverse reactions to Botox injections for approved and not approved uses of the drug, specifically spastic contracture of muscles in children. The media is reporting this dangerous off-label use of Botox as a treatment for conditions relating to cerebral palsy.

As you’ll read in the text of the FDA release, the problems occur away from the injection site, causing difficulty in swallowing, weakness and breathing problems. All are neurological symptoms of botulism poisoning.

Most chiropractors know that specific adjustments of the upper cervical spine may improve parasympathetic nervous system function. While the damage resulting from cerebral palsy may not be reversible, its effects can be reduced without subject children to off-label experimentation with dangerous drugs.

I know parents will go to any means to reduce their child’s suffering. But, medical quackery should not be allowed at the risk of a child already damaged at birth. If you or someone you know needs a referral to chiropractor in your area or if I can answer any specific questions, e-mail me today.   Read “Rockie’s Story” on this blog or “Why I am a chiropractor” on my web site.

The full text and the link to the FDA’s notice follows:

Adverse Reactions Linked to Botox

Botox and Botox Cosmetic (Botulinum toxin Type A) and Myobloc (Botulinum toxin Type B) have been linked in some cases to adverse reactions, including respiratory failure and death, following treatment of a variety of conditions using a wide range of doses.

In an early communication based on FDA’s ongoing safety review, the agency said the reactions may be related to overdosing. There is no evidence that these reactions are related to any defect in the products.

The adverse effects were found in FDA-approved and non approved usages. The most severe adverse effects were found in children treated for spasticity in their limbs associated with cerebral palsy. Treatment of spasticity is not an FDA-approved use of botulism toxins in children or adults.

The adverse reactions appear to be related to the spread of the toxin to areas distant from the site of injection, and mimic symptoms of botulism, which may include difficulty swallowing, weakness and breathing problems.

FDA is not advising health care professionals to discontinue prescribing these products. The agency is reviewing safety data from clinical studies submitted by the drugs’ manufacturers, as well as post-marketing adverse event reports and medical literature. After completing a review of the data, FDA will inform the public of its conclusions, resulting recommendations, and any regulatory actions.

http://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/botox020808.html

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7 Responses to “Botox, Cerebral Palsy and Chiropractic”

  1. tseo said

    The maker of the face-freezing injectable cosmetic Botox is working on a new product to lengthen eyelashes. That was from Doctor said in the column.

    Jeramel Mingueto
    http://ichatbotox.com

  2. Botox Tips said

    Very helpful information.

    Here are some tips you should read before taking botox injections:

    # Before you start using botox, you should consult with your doctor to make sure it is right for you.
    # Before you are going to have the procedure, make sure to get as much information as you can. Ask friends that made the procedure, read online to find out about risks and benefits, and use the botox treatments forums to ask as many questions as you can.
    # Go only to certified places that know what they are doing and have the right substance and materials.
    # Make sure the doctor that performs the procedure is qualified in cosmetic skin surgery of the face.
    # Cheap is expensive! Remember that when you have your botox treatment. You might pay cheap but then you might have to fix your face for more money. Just go to well known places with reputation and certifications.

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  4. jessica said

    there are many studies that demonstrate the efficacy of botox injections in children with spasticity. i do not call that ‘medical quackery’. where are the studies that support the utilization of chiropractic services to treat spasticity?

    • drtim said

      Drugs companies don’t do research to prove that something OTHER than their drug is beneficial. Imagine a drug company saying “Our drug is as good as the placebo but not quite as good as chiropractic adjustments.” Just doesn’t happen. Drug companies sell drugs. They spend ALOT more on marketing and sales than they do on research. AND there are plenty of instances of conflicts between those conducting “research” and those paying for the research.

      Here’s a link to one of the first things that showed up in a Google search of “botox+cerebral palsy+side effects”. http://www.youhaverights.com/dangerous-drugs/botox/ Tell me it’s not a problem.

      Here’s the first thing that showed up in a Google search for “cerebral palsy chiropractic”. Compare the two. Simple upper cervical chiropractic adjustments take stress off the nervous system and enable the spastic body to relax somewhat.

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