Are you tired of nausea, vomiting, sensitivity lights, sounds and smells caused by migraine? The FDA approved Botox as a treatment for chronic migraine in 2010 and main goal of these injections is to reduce all those symptoms.
Who is eligible for treatment?
Only patients with chronic migraine are eligible for treatment. BOTOX® is a prescription medicine that is injected to prevent headaches in adults with chronic migraine who have 15 or more days each month with headache lasting 4 or more hours each day in people 18 years or older and it is not approved for adults with migraine who have 14 or fewer headache days a month.
How often do I use Botox as a treatment for chronic migraine?
Usually, Botox treatments for migraines are typically given once every three months for a 15-month period. Your doctor will cover seven specific areas of the head and neck, with a total dose of between 155-195 units. What are the areas, you might think? Well, the bridge of the nose, the temples, and the forehead, the back of the head, the neck, and the upper back.
What does the statistic say?
After two cycles of treatment, in around six months, the patients treated with Botox® had on average eight less days of headache each month. That must be a relief! The other thing we found out after 12 months, 70% of those treated cut their suffer on half.
Do not worry, side effects are minor
Keep in mind that doctors may not recommend Botox injections until other treatment options have proved unsuccessful. However, Botox may be a better option if you do not tolerate migraine medication well.
The side effects of Botox treatments are not very common. Some patients may experience neck pain and stiffness at the injection site and headache, some of them temporary muscle weakness in the neck and upper shoulders. This can make keeping your head upright difficult.
Fortunately, these side effects usually resolve in a few days.