Originally used by plastic surgeons to reduce the look of wrinkles and other visible signs of facial aging, plastic surgeons were the first to become aware of Botox’s positive effect on migraines when some of their patients began to report that their headaches were diminished following their Botox treatments.
In October 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Botox (the brand name for onabotulinum toxin type A), for use as a migraine treatment. The decision was based on data from two clinical research studies showing that chronic migraine sufferers had fewer days of headaches after receiving the Botox injections, versus those who received placebo injections.
Botox has been approved to treat people with severe chronic migraine, who have exhausted conservative treatment therapies. Botox has been found to be most effective for those experiencing severe chronic migraine pain at least 15 days out of a month and lasting a minimum of 4 hours per day.
How Botox is used for migraine treatment: A migraine specialist will typically administer around 30 injections in 7 suspected trigger points around the head, neck and sometimes shoulders. The injections work by temporarily paralyzing or weakening targeted muscles, preventing the transmission of migraine pain.
What to expect: Patients should begin to feel the effects from the treatment within two weeks, and the pain relief may last up to three to six months. The treatment regimen should be repeated approximately every three months for optimal results.
Risks and Complications: The most common adverse reactions reported following a treatment are neck pain and common headaches. Read the Botox prescribing information for more details. It is important for you to thoroughly discuss the risks, benefits and alternatives of any treatment with your physician.
Botox is a registered trademark of Allergan.
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