Thursday, April 19, 2012

Botox and Heart Palps

The two months or so I have been experiencing heart palpitations several times a day, lasting up to 3-4 hours! Pretty scary! I saw my cardiologist about it, and he assured  me that as long as I wasn't experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain or other related symptoms that the palpitations were nothing to worry about. This eased my mind a bit, but I haven't been able to stop thinking about the cause of the palpitations. What had I been doing/eating/taking that I hadn't been three months ago?  I thought maybe it was the Butterbur but I quit taking it and the palpitations did not go away. I wondered if it had something to do with going off the Topamax. Then..

Today when I visited a migraine forum, I clicked on a link to a Botox support group page and discovered that tachycardia (rapid heart rate, palpitations) was a side effect of Botox injections that many people have experienced! Reading that floored me--my increased palpitations started shortly after my first round of Botox and I just received a second round on the 4th of April and the palpitations have been really bad all month!
Now, though, I feel a bit relieved that I think I found the reason for the tachycardia, I am royally pissed off! Why didn't my neurologist warn me that this was a possible (and fairly usual) side effect of the Botox?! If I had known this, I would never have gotten it done! So, now, what?!


  1. Hi, found your blog on the migraine forum. Just wondering why you have or have not tried propanolo - my neurologist is really pushing it. Thanks,

  2. I have tried propanolol. It did nothing for me. How's it working for you?

  3. So far I don't think it's working. In fact, I think it may be giving some strange side effects, as well as dizziness.

    1. I've noticed the dizziness, too! And, muscle cramping. Have you experienced that? What other side effects have you noticed?

  4. You should definitely be pissed off because your physician should have told you about any side effect of this treatment before performing it.
    When I went for my first botox Ottawa session they made a set of investigations to see if I'm allergic to a botox component or if I have some other health problems that can increase the risk of side effects.
    Only after everything prove to be OK they performed the procedure, and it was a treatment for wrinkles and not for migraines that is more demanding....

  5. Thanks for your reply. I probably don't need to tell you this, but I will NEVER go back to that particular doctor again nor will I ever get another Botox injection.

  6. Here is a link to more info. and personal experiences with heart palpitations or tachycardia associated with migraines: