Safety experience with Botox for vaginismus
From 2005 to September 2013 we have treated over 245 patients with Botox for vaginismus. Our experience of using Botox for vaginismus shows that Botox has a high degree of safety. Two complications of minor stress incontinence have been noted, both of these cleared after about four months when the Botox was no longer active. There have been no complications using Botox for migraine headaches or for excessive sweating. One minor complication occurred in the cosmetic use which cleared at about four months. It is for these reasons I am comfortable speaking about the safety of the drug.
Most people are familiar with Botox and many think of Botox as being used for cosmetic reasons. Botox has received a great deal of press. There are some 150-200 indications for the use of Botox. I have used Botox for cosmetic reasons, migraine headaches and excessive sweating in addition to a busy practice treating vaginismus patients. As a result I have experience with thousands of injections. Botox is considered to be one of the safest drugs when used by doctors who are experienced with this drug and when only the FDA approved product made by Allergan is used.
Why is Botox safe?
Botulinum toxin A is attenuated which means there is a high degree of dilution so that it can be effective yet not cause illness. It is similar to the concept of vaccines though theprocess of dilution is different. We give our kids polio vaccines, yet they do not develop polio. The principal of using highly diluted drugs for therapy is well known through the health care industry.
There is an enormous volume of literature on the use of Botox. Whenever a new drug is used, or a new application of an existing drug is used, one needs to receive IRB approval (Institutional Review Board approval) as well as FDA approval which often includes the need for an IND approval (Investigational new drug approval). I received all of these approvals as I developed the Botox program for vaginismus. As a requirement of these approvals, I need to monitor the patients and record any complications. The minor complications are noted above, and these were all temporary. We have never had a permanent side effect.
FDA approval for Botox for vaginismus
We are the only FDA approved program in the United States that allows for the continued research using Botox for vaginismus. All patients are monitored both short term and long term for continued data analysis.
The use of FDA approved Botox by trained physicians has a high degree of safety. Using Botox as part of a comprehensive treatment program for vaginismus is effective and has a high margin of safety.
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