What You Can Take Before Botox Procedure to Help With Side Effects

Botox is a minimally invasive treatment popular for reducing facial wrinkles and treating several medical conditions. While it involves small doses of bacteria called botulinum toxin,  the procedure is proven safe with FDA approval. Injectors use small needles, so patients will feel minimal discomfort. Despite these, some still feel squeamish about the procedure and possible common side effects – that’s why they opt to take oral medications as prophylaxis.

So what can you take before your Botox procedure to help with the side effects? To ease discomfort and prevent too much bruising and swelling, you may take acetaminophen, like Tylenol. Avoid taking NSAIDs, beta-blockers, and blood-thinning medications because they may worsen the pain and other side effects. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics 1 to 3 days before the Botox treatment to help avoid urinary tract infection (UTI).

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Medicines You Can Take Before Botox Injections To Ease Side Effects

Most patients are wary about the side effects they can experience days after treatment with botulinum toxin products. While they can do several steps before Botox treatment to minimize side effects, there's no guarantee of experiencing no side effects. 

Adverse effects from Botox will also vary per person. You can take Tylenol or other types of acetaminophen for the pain, bruising, and swelling and seek a prescription for antibiotics to help prevent urinary tract infection.

1) Take Tylenol

If you're wary about the pain of your cosmetic treatment, taking acetaminophen, like Tylenol, will heal and ease the discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Keep in mind that you may take Tylenol and other acetaminophen medicines only – other patients accidentally take random painkillers, like Advil, which may worsen the bruising and swelling.

2) Take Antibiotics

Urinary tract infection is one of the side effects of botulinum toxin injections. This ailment involves painful urination and the presence of blood in the urine in some cases. 

Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics 1 to 3 days before receiving your Botox injections to help prevent urinary tract infection. Doctors give this type of medicine to treatments with high risks of having urinary tract infection, like treatment for overactive bladder.

Why You Experience Side Effects

It's pretty normal to experience common side effects after receiving botulinum toxin products because the drug is working its way into your muscles. More than this, the adverse effects you experience are also due to the trauma of the injections. 

How Botox Works

Botox injections serve as muscle relaxants. As a regular treatment option for reducing the appearance of active lines and deep wrinkles, it temporarily relaxes the facial muscles causing the folds on the skin. Aside from this, clinical trials also show that it's an effective treatment for several nerve conditions:

  • overactive bladder
  • chronic migraines
  • cervical dystonia
  • muscle spasms
  • cerebral palsy

Botox is also used as a treatment for other neurologic diseases aside from these--it blocks the involuntary signals from the nerve endings that make muscles contract.

Side Effects from Botox

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Botox is a non-surgical procedure, so it also requires minimal downtime – patients can return to their normal activities shortly with a few restrictions. You may experience mild to severe side effects. Your doctor must fully explain this to you, so you can observe yourself and do proper ways to ease the discomfort.

Mild Side Effects

Patients are likely to experience common side effects. These side effects will subside within a few days to several weeks after injections. 

  • pain, bruising, or swelling of the injection site
  • flu-like symptoms
  • headache
  • droopy eyelids
  • dry eyes
  • uneven eyebrows

You can take the proper medications to relieve discomfort from these side effects. Contact your doctor if the symptoms persist.

Severe Side Effects

Patients may also run the risk of having severe side effects from their Botox treatment. These conditions are likely to resolve within weeks to several months:

  • allergic reaction
  • difficulty in breathing
  • double vision or blurred vision
  • drooping eyelids
  • muscle stiffness or muscle weakness
  • neck pain
  • urinary retention
  • spread of toxin effect
  • Respiratory Tract Infection

Contact your doctor or call your local emergency hotline once you've experienced these side effects.

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Other Ways to Prepare for Botox

Aside from taking over-the-counter medicines, you may also do other precautionary measures before the injections to help minimize your Botox side effects. It goes a long way for managing your Botox aftercare to also prepare yourself for the procedure, such as avoiding alcoholic beverages, medications that affect your platelets, and food with garlic. Avoid scheduling your Botox treatment near a special event and schedule your workout.

1) Avoid Blood-Thinning Medication

Avoid blood-thinning medications like ibuprofen. These types of medicine serve as anticoagulants – they prolong the process of blood clotting. If you had taken any type of blood-thinning medication before your procedure, your platelets would have a hard time coagulating or covering up the wounds you got from the injections. Because of this, more blood will spill out of it, worsening the bruising, swelling, and pain.

Other medications can cause drug interaction with Botox. Inform your doctor if you've taken the following medicines:

  • sleep medicine
  • allergy medicine
  • muscle relaxants
  • injectable antibiotic

Telling your doctor about the medications you've recently taken allows them to do the essential steps for your procedure and prevent unnecessary problems.

2) Avoid Alcoholic Beverages

Avoid any type of alcoholic beverage 12 hours before receiving your Botox injections. These types of beverages also serve as blood thinners, which may worsen the common side effects you'd experience.

3) Give At Least a 2-Week Allowance Before A Special Event

Some patients decide to get Botox injections to prepare for a special event. If you're one of them, ensure scheduling your treatment at least 2 weeks before a big day – this is to give time for your side effects to subside. 

If it's your first time receiving the injections, it's better to take Botox months before the event. This allows you to test the effects of the toxin on your face with extra time in case there are long-term side effects. This can also give you enough time to work out the best dose and injection technique for your aesthetic goals.

4) Avoid Food with Garlic

Your doctor might also recommend avoiding food with garlic 7 days before your Botox treatment as garlic might increase the possibility of bruising. Experts recommend using arnica as a substitute for garlic as you prepare for your Botox injections.

5) Avoid Heavy Workouts

Experts advise against strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours after your Botox treatment. Keep this in mind before undergoing the treatment, so you can plan your workout schedule.

How to Manage Side Effects After Botox

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Most side effects are pretty manageable and will resolve on their own shortly. Take the prescribed over-the-counter medications to ease discomfort, take eye drops, apply a cold compress, and keep your head elevated.

1) Take Tylenol

The same with preparing for your Botox injections, you may also take Tylenol or any other type of acetaminophen medications. These will ease the neck pain, headache, and pain at the injection site, and may also help with swelling and bruising.

2) Take Eye Drops

Those experiencing droopy eyelids must take eye drops regularly. This will keep the hydration in your eyes. Patients with dry eyes have the risk of having corneal lacerations.

3) Keep Your Head Elevated

Be sure to keep the injected site above the level of your heart to manage blood flow. Regulating the flow of blood at the injection site helps relieve pain, swelling, and bruising. Too much blood may worsen these symptoms.

Schedule a Consultation at Rejuvenation Center for Mind and Body for Your Botox Treatment

You can take Tylenol before your Botox procedure to manage the bruising, swelling, and pain at the injection site – it also helps with the headache you may experience. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent urinary tract infection from Botox for overactive bladder and other procedures prone to this side effect.

Choose a reliable clinic that will give you the utmost care before, during, and after your Botox treatment, like the Rejuvenation Center for Mind and Body. We have experienced injectors that assure you accurate units and injection techniques that will reduce your risks of having severe side effects. Book an appointment with us today.

Learn More: What Are the Side Effects of Botox for Gummy Smile?

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