Dysport injections are FDA-approved for treating facial lines and cervical dystonia (involuntary contractions).
Like Botox, Dysport (pronounced “dis-port”) is a type A botulinum toxin, a highly refined protein commonly used to relax muscles and inhibit sweating.
In Botox vs. Dysport, doctors on RealSelf discuss how the effects of Dysport compare to Botox.
Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening, including problems breathing or swallowing, and spread of toxin effects. These problems can happen within hours, or days to weeks after an injection of Dysport®. Death can happen as a complication if you have severe problems with swallowing or breathing after treatment with Dysport®. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these problems after treatment with Dysport®:
- Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing after an injection of Dysport® if the muscles that you use to breathe or swallow become weak. If these problems are severe, death can happen as a complication. People with certain breathing problems may need to use muscles in their necks to help them breathe and may be at greater risk for serious breathing problems with Dysport®
- Swallowing problems may last for several weeks; you may need a feeding tube to receive food or water. If swallowing problems are severe, food or liquids may go into your lungs. People who already have swallowing or breathing problems before receiving Dysport® have the highest risk of getting these problems.
What is Dysport®?
Dysport® is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to treat:
- increased muscle stiffness in elbow, wrist, and finger muscles in adults with upper limb spasticity
- cervical dystonia (CD) in adults
- increased muscle stiffness in calf muscles in children 2 years of age and older with lower limb spasticity
It is not known whether Dysport® is safe or effective in children under 2 years old for the treatment of lower limb spasticity.
It is not known whether Dysport® is safe or effective for the treatment of other types of muscle spasms.
It is not known whether Dysport® is safe or effective for the treatment cervical dystonia or upper limb spasticity in children under 18 years of age.