For those with chronic migraines relief could come from the commonly used cosmetic drug Botox® that is used to reduce facial wrinkles. If you have the frequent, severe headache condition known as “chronic migraine,” your doctor may want you to try injections of BOTOX® in your head and neck. The injections can help stop migraines before they start.
If you suffer from migraines and would like additional information on this painful condition, please review our migraine pain article. If you are interested in or scheduled for a Botox injection for chronic migraines, please please review the video and frequently asked questions below. Additionally, if you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to discuss them with your physician.
Botox Therapy FAQ
Botox works by blocking the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission. Specifically, pain fibers involved in the formation of headaches. Decreasing the migraine intensity and frequency.
Botox is used for those with 15 or more migraine headaches per month. However, it is sometimes used “off label” (outside FDA approval) for other forms of chronic headache, such as chronic tension headache.
This procedure is done at bedside by using one of the smallest needles available to inject Botox into the muscles in 31 specific sites of the head and neck.