Dysport is linked to birth defects

Dysport (Azzalure in Europe) is botulinum toxin A and, like botox, is used to treat wrinkles.

This is an article from 2009: https://www.news.com.au/news/botox-like-drug-linked-to-birth-defects/news-story/e5fcf1ec1bd5f0c321e2825a0025f8a6

An Australian baby was born blind and deaf in 2005 after the mother received cosmetic injections with Dysport the first week of pregnancy.

The birth defect has been reported as a side effect among 46 other various reported side effects from botulinum toxin A to the Australian Health Authorities (TGA) since 1994.

The most commonly reported side effects are facial paralysis, visual disturbances, fatigue, dizziness, difficulty swallowing, hallucinations and anxiety.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has registered more than 600 adverse reactions following the use of botulinum toxin type A, including 28 deaths.

In the United States, the US Health Authority (FDA) has warned against side effects – including deaths, but not banned the toxin.

However, another report claimed that there was no such connection (to the birth defect).

An Ipsen spokesman said that, unlike Botox, Dysport has become more common for treating purposes other than smoothing out wrinkles, such as. by neurologists for movement disorders.

“When administered according to specifications, it is one of the safest drugs out there,” he said.

A spokeswoman for Australian Botox distributor Allergan said its safety had been demonstrated for over 40 years.

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