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Hollywood Horror! FDA Says Botox Can Kill!

2/8/2008 5:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

FDA, BotoxThinking of doing a little Botox touch-up for Oscar night? Think again. The FDA just issued a warning, saying the popular cosmetic enhancement can injure or kill!

Most of Tinseltown's bad cosmetic work hasn't been of the Botox kind -- so Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin and Michael Jackson can rest easy ... that is, if there are no mirrors in their bedrooms.

"There are very few reports of these distant effects with cosmetic use, but it's extremely rare," says FDA doc Russell Katz of the injectable. The FDA is still studying the scare, but Katz says face fixers "should be aware that there's a potential for something like this to happen." If Botox goes bad, patients feel weakness and drooping in muscles far away from the injection -- sometimes enough to send them to the hospital -- or the morgue.

That'll cause some frown lines!

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mrs. jones    



Neurotoxins build up in your liver and thus, problems down the road for anyone on a Botox regime.

Yes, there has been long term use of botox by CP patients, but this is not a standard control group. Like Vioxx or any other drug, you never know the long term effects until a long time has passed with a stable control group for research. And there is no such group for Botox users. They are basically guinea pigs like all users of new drugs, where "research" studies are skewed to give the results big pharma want. It's about the money as usual, health risks are secondary. By the time research shows Botox can be disfiguring with time, all the docs and drug companies will have made enough money to hire top-drawer lawyers who will get them off.

If something seems too good to be true, it usually is...and I wouldn't trust the FDA or anyone else more than your own common sense. You can also develop a permanently droopy eye...

2362 days ago
17.

e    

Um #4 you may want to read this: "The reactions reported are suggestive of botulism, which occurs when botulinum toxin spreads in the body beyond the site where it was injected. The most serious cases had outcomes that included hospitalization and death, and occurred mostly in children treated for cerebral palsy-associated limb spasticity."

http://www.wiselawgroup.com/legalblog/defective-drugs/fda-warning-botox-cosmetics-myobloc-respiratory-compromise-death

2362 days ago
18.

informed    

people who just assume botox is a "poison" are misinformed. Maybe THEY should do some research before jumping on the bandwagon.
PS. the photo with the story is also wrong. That is not a botox syringe, it is a dermal filler syringe. ALSO, botox is clear, not "yellow tinted" like the photo suggests

2362 days ago
19.

Bob Ourian, M.D.    

BOTOX is one of the safest drugs ever made. More people die from taking OTC meds like Aspirin and Tylenol each year than from BOTOX. Many of the people who died from BOTOX already had serious medical/neurological conditions and they probably received very high doses of BOTOX. The amount of BOTOX used for cosmetic procedures is so small that it truely is a very safe drug. The media just like to scare people for publicity.

2362 days ago
20.

G spot    

#4 is WAY OFF! Botox is made by Allergan, a company in BUSINESS to make money...Yes! The same company that manufactures contact lense and eye care products. They researched and developed the product for a disease that affects a rare few, and have PROFITTED from the alternative use in cosmetics. That is the business model of medical products and devices. BOTOX has not been around for 25 years....

2362 days ago
21.

Justin    

TMZ tell the whole story.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Regulators said on Friday they were reviewing the safety of Allergan Inc's (AGN.N: Quote, Profile, Research) Botox and a competing product after reports of deaths and serious reactions in some patients.

The Food and Drug Administration said the most serious cases included hospitalizations and deaths and occurred mostly in children treated for cerebral palsy-associated limb spasticity, a use not approved in the United States.

2362 days ago
22.

krysten    

I use botox for the residual effects of bells palsy... it has been an amazing help and I would recommend it to anyone!

2362 days ago
23.

Karin B.    

I'd never do botox!!!

You can have an allergic reaction and die from the stuff.

But you won't find out if you are allergic to it until it's used.

Then it's too late.

Is it worth the risk??? Really!!!

I'd rather have a few lines and wrinkles. We all end up dying anyway.

2362 days ago
24.

Botox for Medical Purposes    

Botox has been a lifesaver for me. I suffered SEVERE headaches for 2yrs from occipital neuraligia. Nothing even took the edge off UNTIL Botox. I only get the injections every 4-5 months or as long as it helps.
Id rather take a chance and have some quality of life

2362 days ago
25.

Jerks    

Once again TMZ has jumped the gun on a story. Hey jackasses read the friggin story again and you will see the FDA said that teh issue with Botox was found to be an issue with children not adults!

Fox News:"The FDA said the deaths were all among child patients, mostly those with cerebral palsy treated for limb spasms, a condition the FDA has never formally approved for the drugs' use in this country although other countries have."

Way to go TMZ, must have been that idiot surfer dude oyu got working for ya!

2362 days ago
26.

T    

#14 OUT OF CONTROL.....HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAAH! That is so true!

2362 days ago
27.

Karan    

Hey, if anyone out there is so self absorbed so be it.

2362 days ago
28.

TRACKER    

DO YOU THINK KATHERINE HEPBURN CARED ABOUT HER WRINKLES? SHE CARED ABOUT HER CRAFT,AND THAT TALENT GAVE HER MANY YEARS OF WORK IN THE INDUSTRY..LEARN PEOPLE.......

2362 days ago
29.

Party 'till you die!    

boTOX!!!! TOX! TOX! TOX! They didn't even bother changing the name!

2362 days ago
30.

April Fouels    

I LIKE THE LITTLE SKULL AND CROXX BONES ON THE SYRINGE.

2362 days ago
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