Symptoms of overdose may be delayed, and may include serious muscle weakness, breathing problems and paralysis. It is important to understand the risks and benefits of this therapy. Discuss any questions or concerns with your health care professional.
What would happen if you ingest Botox?
If you consume large amounts of botulinum toxins or the bacteria get into a wound, you can develop botulism. This serious nervous system disorder affects breathing. For optimal safety and efficacy, Botox is produced in a lab. Technicians dilute and sterilize the botulinum toxins so they won't cause botulism.
What happens if Botox gets into bloodstream?
Possibly some bleeding or bruising. If you're asking about accidental intravenous injection of therapeutic or cosmetic Botox, as I believe you are, then the dose is way too low to cause botulism or any biological side effects of the toxin.
What is the mortality rate for botulinum toxin?
The disease can be fatal in 5 to 10 percent of cases. The following references provide useful information about the management of exposures to botulinum toxin.
Can too much Botox cause a stroke?
It's theoretically possible that the act of manipulating the neck for a procedure (eg., botox injection) could dislodge a clot from the carotid artery which could then cause a stroke. Note that it would be manipulation of the neck and not the botox injection itself that would cause a stroke in this hypothesis.
What would happen if I swallowed Botox?
Botox is fermented by the bacteria (clostridium botulinum) that cause botulism. In its native, unrefined form, if swallowed, the toxin can cause Botulism, which is fatal.