What are the FDA approved indications for botulinum toxins?

Updated: Mar 11, 2019
  • Author: Heather Rachel Davids, MD; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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The various botulinum toxins possess individual potencies, and care is required to assure proper use and avoid medication errors. Recent changes to the established drug names by the FDA were intended to reinforce these differences and prevent medication errors. The products and their approved indications include the following:

  • OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox, Botox Cosmetic)

    • Botox - Cervical dystonia, severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis, strabismus, blepharospasm

    • Botox Cosmetic - Moderate-to-severe glabellar lines

  • AbobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport) - Cervical dystonia, moderate-to-severe glabellar lines

  • IncobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin) - Cervical dystonia, blepharospasm

  • RimabotulinumtoxinB (Myobloc) - Cervical dystonia


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