Botox for Parkinson's Disease
Botulinum toxin (Botox, Xeomin, or Myobloc) is a drug that’s injected into a muscle to weaken or paralyze it by blocking transmission at the nerve-muscle junction. While it’s commonly known as a treatment for facial wrinkles, botulinum toxin has also proved effective in treating some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD), including eye twitching and drooling.
UT Southwestern uses botulinum toxin injections for a variety of conditions, including dystonia and Parkinson’s disease, that result in involuntary muscle contractions. Many PD patients develop muscle spasms of the limbs or neck that do not respond well to oral drugs. For them, botulinum toxin can be a very effective treatment to alleviate muscle spasm and pain.
What to Expect
With botulinum toxin injections, we can reduce muscle spasm and pain caused by overactive muscles.
If we think you’ll benefit from botulinum toxin injections, we’ll examine you to determine which of your muscles are overactive. The botulinum toxin is injected only into those overactive muscles.
You’ll notice the benefits gradually developing over the next seven to 10 days. The treatment is usually effective for about three to four months, so injections are repeated several times a year to maintain ongoing benefits.
Request an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with a Parkinson’s disease specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas, or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.