Re: botox too soon |
My rule of thumb is to count the number of spasms I have during a day. When the count gets to 10, I reschedule my shots. That way, I don't get desperate, but that stretches out my cycle, which is now at about 7 months between appointments. "Your mileage may vary."
Overdosing takes the risk of developing antibodies sooner, and does nothing toward stetching out your cycle.
Re: when to get botox again
Doctors will vary with how soon they want to re-administer botox. You actually want to go as long as you can, within reason. Most doctors stick with the 3 month rule that the makers of Botox recommend. Others will give it every 8 weeks.
Individuals getting the botox are different and the injections will last varying amounts of time from person to person. I found that I could tell that the botox was starting to wear off at about 7 weeks-at 8 weeks I needed it and at 9 weeks if I hadn't received the injections yet, I was miserable. Time and experience with this will be your guide as to when you need the botox. Try to wait as long as you can but not too long. You don't want to get to the miserable stage but there may be some mild to moderate symptoms that you can live with or that medication can help with to prolong the interval between injections as long as you can.
I know that this doesn't really answer your question but there really is no specific answer. I'm glad that the injections were successful at 100 units. With time, you will know approximately how long they will last and what you can function with.
Shirley in AR.
Re: botox too soon
What Shirley said seems to hold true to me as well. I really need my shots by 8 weeks. I used to call when I could feel myself getting miserable and it would take me 3 weeks to get an appt. Now my doctor has me schedule one every 8 weeks since I have a consistent history with him. That way I can choose my appt day and time since I have small kids and don't want them to witness the injections. When I was working, my injections only lasted 3 weeks so after I quit and was doing better I tried to stretch to 10 weeks and thought I would die! Bad idea! I can't use the "10 spasm" rule that Lynn uses because I have at least 10 spasms every day regardless of botox. Sometimes I do worry about building up antibodies but for me I have to "live for the moment" and right now that means doing whatever I have to do to care for little girls. If I do become resistent before they develop a cure or better treatment options then I will cross that bridge when I come to it.
Kelly in Dallas
Re: botox too soon
Every eight weeks seems to be the best schedule for me, and I receive 100 units. I've been having Botox for two years now and the doctor just schedules me for the next eight weeks when we finish a session. I am due for injections this coming Thursday and for the past few days my eyes have been pulling a major shutdown on me. Today, I can hardly open them at all for more than a couple of seconds. Of course, it is a very bright day so that doesn't help.
You will have to be the judge of your needs, along with recommendations from your doctor. Good luck.
Sally in sunny North Idaho
Re: botox too soon
Rhonda - I receive 100 units every 8 weeks, without fail. It's keeping me on track pretty well. When it was 3 months, I couldn't function for the last month. In fact, to be sure that I get the appt., I make them ahead of time as far out as they have their calendar ready. My dr. has a clinic for shots every Tuesday, so there are many appts. filled quickly, AND we have to drive for 3 hours to get there. And I agree that I have to do what I have to do for now. I've been having the shots for about 7 yrs., and have not built up an immunity.
On another note....we built our own house 35 years ago. In the next house we build, there will not be a kitchen. Mary