How does Botox for Migraines Works?
Botox is best known for its ability to reduce wrinkles, but in 2010 the FDA approved the use of Botox for migraines after researchers began to see a decrease in chronic migraines after Botox injections.
Botox is an injectable drug made from Clostridium Botulinum. Research has not proven how Botox treats chronic migraines, but it is believed that Botulinum inhibits the release of peripheral nociceptive neurotransmitters, which may then have a knock-on effect on the central pain processing systems that generate migraine headaches.
Botox for migraines are typically given once every three months. One of our doctors will inject multiple doses of the medicine in specific points along the bridge of the nose, temples, forehead, back of the head and neck, and in the upper back. The injections feel like tiny pinpricks – some patients report mild discomfort.
Relief is not immediate. Botox for migraines can take as long as 10 to 14 days. In clinical trials, Botox injections provided a significant reduction in headache days after the first treatment. In some cases patients may not see improvements – in that case one of our doctors will discuss the best way to move forward.
Am I a Candidate?
Botox for migraines are considered for patients 18 years or older. If patients are experiencing 15 or more migraines a month for more than 3 months, Botox treatment can be considered. In some cases, patients will be asked to keep a migraine diary to track frequency, duration and symptoms.