Is it just sweat… or something more?
If clinical-strength antiperspirants have failed, you may have severe underarm sweating. Learn about the condition and find out if it’s time to ask your dermatologist about BOTOX (onabotulinumtoxinA).
BOTOX is injected into the skin to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis) when medicines used on the skin (topical) do not work well enough in people 18 years and older.
It is not known whether BOTOX is safe or effective for severe sweating anywhere other than your armpits.
BOTOX (onabotulinumtoxinA) is injected into the skin to treat symptoms of severe underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis) when medicines used on the skin (topical) do not work well enough in people 18 years and older. It is not known whether BOTOX is safe or effective for severe sweating anywhere other than your armpits.
In a clinical study, the duration of response in patients receiving BOTOX treatment was 201 days, or 6.7 months. Individual results may vary.
WHEN IS SWEAT TOO MUCH SWEAT?
For some people, sweating can go into overdrive. Severe underarm sweating, also known as severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis, is a condition in which the body sweats more than it has to in order to regulate body temperature. The severity of the condition is based on the extent it interferes with your daily activities. In addition to the HDSS, your dermatologist may also measure the amount of sweat you are producing over a period of time.
SWEAT IS GOOD! (MOST OF THE TIME)
Sweating is normal and healthy. In fact, your body has between 2 million and 4 million sweat glands. When your body heats up, these glands release sweat to help cool you down.
WHAT’S CONSIDERED ‘NORMAL’ SWEATING?
There is no “normal”! Some people just naturally sweat more than others, so try not to compare yourself with other people.
ARE ANTIPERSPIRANTS AND DEODORANTS ENOUGH?
Not always. Over-the-counter and prescription antiperspirants are 2 of the first options people with severe underarm sweating try. These products work by blocking sweat ducts and reducing the amount of perspiration that reaches the skin. Deodorants help control body odor and are typically used in addition to antiperspirants. When these products don’t work well enough, it may be time to ask your dermatologist about BOTOX (onabotulinumtoxinA).
DO YOU SWEAT ‘TOO MUCH’?
If you do any of the following to cope with sweating, talk to your doctor about severe underarm sweating:
- Change your clothes frequently
- Put absorbent materials under clothing
- Avoid certain fabrics or clothing styles
- Seek medical attention and treatment
HOW LONG DOES BOTULINUM TOXIN LAST?
In a clinical study, patients had drier underarms for up to 201 days, or 6.7 months. Individual results may vary.
HOW DOES BOTULINUM TOXIN WORK?
BOTOX temporarily blocks the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, severe underarm sweating is reduced. Sweat will continue to be produced elsewhere.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS BOTULINUM TOXIN TREATMENT?
BOTOX is proven to work. A clinical study found that:
- 57 out of 104 patients treated with BOTOX (55%) achieved an effective response, compared with only 6 out of 108 not treated with BOTOX (6%)
- 84 out of 104 patients treated with BOTOX (81%) achieved a greater than 50% reduction in sweating, compared to only 44 out of 108 patients not treated with BOTOX (41%)1 Individual results may vary.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF BOTULINUM TOXIN?
BOTOX can cause serious side effects, such as problems swallowing, speaking or breathing, as well as loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, and loss of bladder control. Other side effects of BOTOX 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, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to BOTOX may include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint. Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of BOTOX.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO GET BOTOX TREATMENT?
Your dermatologist will make 10 to 15 small injections into the affected underarm area through a very fine needle. You should notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating within 4 weeks of your first treatment. If you do not see a significant reduction in sweating, you should contact our dermatologist and request a follow-up consultation.
WHEN SHOULD I ASK ABOUT BOTULINUM TOXIN?
Talk to our dermatologist at any time about your condition and BOTOX treatment. It’s possible your underarm sweating can be managed by a topical agent, such as an antiperspirant or deodorant containing an aluminum-based compound. If that doesn’t work, ask our doctor if BOTOX treatment may be right for you.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER BOTOX TREATMENT?
Once treatment becomes effective, you will have a significant reduction in sweating. Individual results may vary. There is a possibility that some sweat glands may be missed, and you may continue to experience some sweating from the untreated areas. If you do not see a significant reduction in sweating, you should contact our dermatologist and request a follow-up consultation.