Stop Excessive Sweating With BOTOX®
The popular injectable, BOTOX®, can slow down excessive sweating that’s symptomatic of hyperhidrosis. With this condition, you may suffer from sweating beyond its typical function for regulating body temperature. Enjoy dry comfort with BOTOX® for your armpits.
Axillary Hyperhidrosis is a condition affecting 2-3% of Americans which is characterized by excessive sweating in the armpits. It shows up in adolescence and may affect a person for life. Weather and emotions may trigger the condition, but it is often not associated with any external trigger, coming about unexpectedly. Most people resort to over-the-counter topical solutions such as antiperspirants, but these may not work for people suffering from severe axillary hyperhidrosis.
BOTOX® is a hyperhidrosis treatment that received FDA approval to treat severe axillary hyperhidrosis in the underarm area. This treatment helps restore your ability to wear whatever clothes you want without the fear and embarassment of wet underarms.* Plus, you can avoid multiple applications of deodorant and regular pat-downs just to keep your excess sweating a secret.*
Clinical Studies Backing BOTOX® For Your Armpits
Did you know that BOTOX® for hyperhidrosis is a well-studied application? Two double-blind, clinical studies evaluated patients scoring a 3 or 4 on the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale (HDSS). 4 indicates that the “underarm sweating is intolerable and always interferes with my daily activities.” A large random sample of 322 patients underwent the study, which tested BOTOX® at 50 mg, BOTOX® at 75 mg and a placebo. The results indicated that the BOTOX® had a statistically significant difference in reducing total sweat output as compared to the placebo.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can BOTOX® help me manage my hyperhidrosis?*
Depending on your symptoms, BOTOX® may help you deal with excessive sweating. You’re more likely to benefit from the procedure if hyperhidrosis inconveniences you in the following way: you’re constantly thinking about excessive sweating; spending hours trying to manage it; having to change clothes to avoid stains; having to pack up extra supplies, such as towels or deodorant, wherever you go; and trying every idea on how to manage it, such as prescription antiperspirants, powders or deodorants.
What are some benefits of BOTOX® for my armpits?
According to an open-label study by Pariser et al., BOTOX® for primary axillary hyperhidrosis improved work performance and productivity, particularly in management of time and workplace demands. In addition, BOTOX® has been shown to make significant improvements in quality of life as measured by reduction in impairments in “daily activities, work, and a range of social interactions” (Glaser et al.).
These studies come as no surprises, as hyperhidrosis can be such an uncomfortable condition. According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, people develop many coping mechanisms to deal with hyperhidrosis on the daily. A survey they conducted showed that 90% of people experienced emotional repercussions due to their medical condition, such as negative comments.
What problems can BOTOX® for hyperhidrosis solve?*
The International Hyperhidrosis Society has also found bad emotional outcomes associated with armpit sweating. They found that underarm sweating is linked to feeling depressed (20%), unhappy (34%), frustrated by daily activities (38%), less confident (50%) and emotional impacted (90%).
How does BOTOX® reduce excessive sweating?*
BOTOX® is a neurotoxin, known as botulinum toxin A, that can block the chemical signals from nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When BOTOX® is injected in the armpits, the neurotoxin impairs the ability for sweat glands to produce sweat. This effect is temporary but robust and does not affect non-injected areas.
What should I do to prepare for my hyperhidrosis treatment?
Prior to your injection, do not wear deodorant or antiperspirants for 24 hours. In the 30 minutes before your treatment, avoid activities that can call for more temperature regulation and produce more sweating, such as exercising, drinking a hot beverage or going to a sauna. We want you to be relaxed and in a normal state.
What is the BOTOX® injection like?
When you come in for your hyperhidrosis treatment, you can expect us to measure the area to be treated using a test known as the Minor’s Iodine-Starch Test. We will wipe your armpit dry and apply an iodine solution. After the solution dries, we will apply starch powder. You will sit for 10 minutes as the we wait for the results, or dark blue stains indicating the affected area.
Will I require a follow-up appointment?
Depending on your case of hyperhidrosis, we may recommend you come in after your injection appointment so we can feel for any spots we missed. We want to make sure you experience a marked difference in comfort and sensation in your armpits.
Is the treatment painful?
When you receive the injection, you will get it in about 20 spots in each armpit. Because the armpit is a sensitive area, this may hurt. We can help with pain management through use of a anesthetic, lidocaine or ice. Plus, we use a very small injection needle as compared to the needle used in other areas, such as the face. If you’re worried about pain, notify us of your concern during your consultation.
Does my health insurance cover BOTOX® for my armpits?
Because hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that can cause discomfort and interfere with well-being, your health insurance may cover your injection. The FDA approval has also aided in approving the odds for coverage. You must check with your insurance first. Please note that most insurances do not cover other cosmetic procedures, like the use of BOTOX® to minimize fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and glabella lines of the forehead.
How long does BOTOX® last?
If you’re looking for a long-term solution to BOTOX® for your armpits, this procedure can help with regular or yearly injection. Often, effects may wear off around the one-year mark, but they may last up to 14 months in most cases.*
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION & APPROVED USES
BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic:
Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months.
Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, and trouble swallowing.
BOTOX® Cosmetic dosing units are not the same as, or comparable to, any other botulinum toxin product.
There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect when BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used at the recommended dose to treat frown lines, crow’s feet lines, and/or forehead lines.
BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, vision problems, or dizziness within hours to weeks of taking BOTOX® Cosmetic. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.
Serious and/or immediate allergic reactions have been reported. They include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.
Do not receive BOTOX® Cosmetic if you: are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® Cosmetic (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA); have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions, such as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing from typical doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including: plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; have trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby); are breast-feeding or plan to (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic passes into breast milk).
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Using BOTOX® Cosmetic with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received BOTOX® Cosmetic in the past .
Tell your doctor if you have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months; have received injections of botulinum toxin such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® in the past (tell your doctor exactly which product you received); have recently received an antibiotic by injection; take muscle relaxants; take an allergy or cold medicine; take a sleep medicine; take aspirin-like products or blood thinners.
Other side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic include: dry mouth; discomfort or pain at the injection site; tiredness; headache; neck pain; and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids and eyebrows, swelling of your eyelids and dry eyes.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.
For more information refer to the Medication Guide or talk with your doctor.
To report a side effect, please call Allergan at 1-800-678-1605.