The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
A New Botulinum Toxin (Xeomin) for Cervical Dystonia and Blepharospasm
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The FDA has approved incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin – Merz) for treatment of cervical dystonia and blepharospasm in adults. It has been commercially available in Germany since 2005. Several formulations of botulinum toxin type A (Botox; Dysport) and type B (Myobloc) are already marketed for treatment of cervical dystonia. Botox is also approved for treatment of blepharospasm.1

CERVICAL DYSTONIA — Also called spasmodic torticollis, cervical dystonia is characterized by sustained or intermittent, often painful, involuntary muscle contractions of the neck and shoulders. Botulinum toxin is now the standard treatment.2 Alternatives include physical therapy, muscle relaxants, anticholinergic drugs and surgical denervation.

BLEPHAROSPASM — Blepharospasm is a focal dystonia characterized by involuntary sustained muscle ... more      

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