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Readers' alert: drug side-effects

MagazineOctober 2005 (Vol. 16 Issue 7)Readers' alert: drug side-effects

My doctor claimed this was the first time he'd heard of this

My doctor claimed this was the first time he'd heard of this. He said it must have been an allergic reaction to the Botox. The truth is, 20 per cent of all Botox users have an adverse reaction - usually ptosis (eyelid droop), headaches, fever, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, needle bruising and confusion - and it is not uncommon to have three or more of these symptoms.

What they don't tell you is that the person administering the injection needs to dilute the Botox with saline solution and, if he gets it wrong, you are going to be extremely ill.

The chances are you won't die, but for a month, you're going to be in 'heaven on earth' or simply not at home to visitors. This fog-like feeling can last for up to 12 months. For proof of this, see Irena Medavoy's Botox court case in the US. - Bob Wilson, Leeds

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