Dysport: what is it for and what is the duration of the effect? Is it Botox?

There are many drugs that have been discovered with the advancement of technologies.

Symptoms that often had no treatment, can now be minimized.

Among these drugs is Dysport, a high-cost medication that acts on the muscular area of ​​the human body.

What is Dysport?

Dysport is a drug applied intramuscularly or subcutaneously, whose active ingredient is botulinum toxin A – neuromuscular blocking agent – produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum .

It acts by paralyzing the functioning of the muscle to which it is applied, as it prevents the release of acetylcholine – a substance that acts on the functioning of the motor nerves. This causes a temporary reduction in muscle activity.

This reduction is used, for example, in cases of excessive sweat production, since the medication blocks the nerve fibers that control the sweat-producing glands. It is also used to control involuntary muscle contractions in the body.

What is Dysport for?

Dysport is indicated for the treatment of diseases related to involuntary muscle contraction and dysfunction of the sweat glands.

It is also used to combat wrinkles and fine lines.

The diseases treated by the drug are:

  • Blepharospasm – spasmodic involuntary contraction of the eyelid;
  • Cervical dystonia – intense contractions of the neck and shoulder muscles;
  • Hemifacial spasm – spasm on one side of the face;
  • Muscle spasticity— spasmodic muscle contractions;
  • Wrinkles – hyperfunctional facial lines;
  • Hyperhidrosis – excessive sweat production.

In pediatric cases, Dysport acts in the treatment of the equine foot – a condition in which there is a limitation of forward and back flexion movements of the foot.

This condition is usually associated with patients who have cerebral palsy .

In general, after 7 to 14 days of using the remedy, the first results can already be seen. The effects of the medication last for about 3 to 4 months and the frequency of use will be determined by the responsible physician.

Is Dysport Botox?

No . Dysport and Botox are two different brand drugs. Despite using the same active ingredient – botulinum toxin A – and presenting similar actions in aesthetic use, combating wrinkles and expression lines, they have some differences in relation to the conditions treated.

In a comparison, in addition to the treatment of involuntary contractions and excessive sweating, the Botox package insert indicates that it is also used for symptoms of urinary incontinence and strabismus.

The Dysport package insert mentions that the drug can be indicated for the treatment of equine foot in a pediatric patient with cerebral palsy, Botox does not mention this indication.

In addition, while the action of Dysport takes between 7 to 14 days to show significant results, the action of Botox starts 3 to 5 days after application.

How long does Dysport undergo aesthetic treatment?

The effect of the medication depends on each clinical case and must follow medical guidelines. In general, single applications are made, which can be repeated at intervals determined by professionals, as the action gradually disappears, allowing the natural movement of the muscle to return.

The beauty procedures in which Dysport is used are generally related to combating facial expression marks.

These lines are usually formed by the repetitive contraction of the muscles of the face, such as, for example, the well-known chicken foot, when smiling.

When relaxing the muscle in the application of the medication, the expression marks are softened and there is also the prevention of the appearance of new ones.

What are the risks and side effects of Dysport?

Like other drugs, Dysport can cause side effects in some people. According to the package leaflet, some of the most common are:

  • Pain and burning at the injection site;
  • Headache;
  • Muscle weakness;
  • Facial paralysis;
  • Dizziness;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Sweating;
  • Swelling of the eyelids;
  • Ptosis (drop of the eyelids);
  • Tearing or dry eyes.

Other less recurrent reactions are muscle atrophy, paralysis of the eye muscles, anaphylaxis ( severe allergy ) and skin rash.

Despite the listed effects, it is important to remember that each organism reacts differently to the medication.

That way, not everyone will necessarily have the symptoms. In addition, the occurrence of adverse reactions depends on the clinical condition treated.

It is worth remembering that the drug is not indicated for pregnant women and children under 2 years.

How is it applied?

Dysport can be applied intramuscularly (in muscle tissue) or subcutaneously (under the skin).

The medication should only be administered by trained professionals.

The doses and frequency of application will be defined by the responsible physician according to the patient’s clinical condition, and the injection sites depend on the purpose of using the medication.

For cases of contractions, the injection must be carried out in the affected muscle or in a nearby region. For excessive sweating, it can be performed directly in the armpits.

Prices and where to buy?

The Dysport is an expensive drug and its value varies between R $ 1,200 and R $ 2,000.

It can be found in physical and online pharmacies for the sale of special medications, and is also distributed free of charge by the Unified Health System (SUS), under simple medical prescription – when there is no prescription retention, provided that for specific treatments of health.

In cases of spasticity, focal dystonia and hemifacial spasm, with the medical prescription and other necessary documents, people should go to the Specialized Component of Pharmaceutical Assistance and make the request to be analyzed.


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