Patients who have cervical dystonia, a disorder that causes head and neck muscles to tighten and abnormal head positions, might receive incobotulinumtoxina injections to help correct this problem. This medication blocks signals to the muslces that tell them to tighten in order to correct this condition.
This medication uses the same toxin that causes botulism, a serious and sometimes fatal type of food poisoning. If the medication spreads out from the injection site, patients may experience symptoms similar to those of botulism, especially difficulty breathing or swallowing. Patients who have a hard time swallowing while on this medication may need to have a feeding tube inserted until the condition is corrected.