Can BOTOX Help Treat Migraine Headaches?

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In the 1990’s, it was discovered that patients receiving BOTOX® for cosmetic reasons reported less frequent migraine headaches. Approximately 28 million Americans suffer from Migraine headaches, headaches that can be so severe that sufferers often describe them as blinding or paralyzing.

In studies, it has been found that 80 percent of migraine patients who underwent BOTOX® injections experienced migraine relief for four to six months. Studies also found that patients injected at various sites sometimes experienced immediate relief from migraines.

Doctors believe that the mechanism behind the BOTOX® migraine relief is that, in addition to relaxing muscles, the drug may interfere with the transmission of nerve pain signals.

Professor Carole Longson, director of the Health Technology Evaluation Centre at NICE, commented earlier in May on the studies, “Chronic migraines are extremely debilitating and can significantly affect a person’s quality of life. We are pleased that the committee has been able to recommend BOTOX® as a preventative therapy for those adults whose headaches have not improved despite trying at least three other medications and whose headaches are not caused by medication overuse.”

Do you suffer from migraine headaches? A friend of ours has suffered from migraines since early in her teens, and though she doesn’t need BOTOX®  for appearance reasons is considering getting it for the migraine relief. What are your thoughts?

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