Xeomin is the “other” BOTOX that’s a knockout punch to frown lines.
Xeomin is the newest “frown fixer” available to patients across the country. Pronounced zee-oh-min, the new botulinum toxin product acts like its predecessors Botox and Dysport in reducing or preventing contractions of the glabellar muscle between the eyes.
The standard starting dosage for Xeomin is 20 Units per area according to Merz, at Well Medical Arts we have a 20 unit minimum on Xeomin and Botox appointments.
Xeomin is $11/unit
How is Xeomin different from Botox or Dysport?
The difference in Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA) is that it does not carry the proteins that are typical of the other products. The potential advantage lies in the lessened likelihood of antibodies being formed to the proteins which – for a very limited number of patients – can render the product ineffective. (This typically is only seen in patients who have used botulinum toxin for an extended period of time.)
How is Xeomin similar to Botox or Dysport?
The muscle-restricting action is, for all practical purposes, like Botox and Dysport and the dosing will be the same as Botox. So if you’re accustomed to 20 units of Botox, expect to receive 20 units of Xeomin for the same effect and area.
Why would I choose Xeomin over the injectables already available for a longer period of time?
At the introduction of Xeomin, the manufacturer has priced the product a bit lower, so price could be one reason. It’s purported quicker effect could be another. We use all three, Dysport and Botox and Xeomin, depending on desired results. As time goes on, which to choose will likely just be patient preference.
How fast does Xeomin work?
Although still very new to the U.S. market, Xeomin is reported to begin taking effect within 2-3 days after injection with effectiveness ranging up to 4 months. We are pleased to be a Seattle Xeomin provider.
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Xeomin important safety information
INDICATIONS AND USAGE
XEO MIN (incobotulinumtoxinA) for injection, for intramuscular use, is a prescription medication that is injected into facial muscles for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines (frown lines) in adult patients.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
XEO MIN® may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after treatment with XEOMIN:
- Problems with swallowing, speaking, or breathing can happen after an injection if the muscles that you use to breathe and swallow become weak. If these problems are severe, you could die. People with certain breathing problems may need to use muscles in their neck to help them breathe and may be at greater risk for serious breathing problems with XEOMIN.
- Swallowing problems may last for several months, and during that time you may need a feeding tube to receive food and water. If swallowing problems are severe, food or liquids may go into your lungs. People who already have swallowing or breathing problems before receiving XEOMIN have the highest risk of getting these problems.
- Spread of toxin effects. In some cases, the effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas of the body away from the injection site and cause symptoms of a serious condition called botulism. The symptoms of botulism include: loss of strength and muscle weakness all over the body, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing.
- Do not take XEOMIN if you: are allergic to XEOMIN or any of the ingredients in XEOMIN; had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as rimabotulinumtoxinB (Myobloc®), onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox®, Botox® Cosmetic), or abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport®); have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
- Before you take XEOMIN, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you have a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome), as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including difficulty swallowing or breathing. Tell your doctor if you have: had any side effect from any other botulinum toxin in the past; breathing problems such as asthma or emphysema; a history of swallowing problems or inhaling food or fluid into your lungs (aspiration); bleeding problems; drooping eyelids; plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face. Also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
- Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal products. Using xeo min with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received XEOMIN in the past.
- Especially tell your doctor if you have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last four months or in the past. Be sure your doctor knows exactly which product you received. The dose of XEOMIN may be different from other botulinum toxin products that you have received. Tell your doctor if you: have recently received an antibiotic by injection; take muscle relaxants; take an allergy or cold medicine; take a sleep medicine; take a blood thinner medicine.
- XEOMIN may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, blurred vision, or drooping eyelids within hours to weeks of taking XEOMIN. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.
- XEOMIN may cause other serious side effects including allergic reactions. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to XEOMIN may include: itching, rash, redness, swelling, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you get wheezing or asthma symptoms, or if you get dizzy or faint.
- Headache was the most common side effect of for treatment of glabellar lines. Other side effects include: dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site, tiredness, neck pain, muscle weakness, and eye problems, including double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes. Reduced blinking can also occur. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have eye pain or irritation following treatment.
- Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see Full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for more information.