Botox™ For Migraine
Botox™ injections for relief of migraine, tension headache & chronic headache
What is Botox™ for migraine?
Botox™ has many more uses than just for its more familiar treatment of lines and wrinkles. A less well-known use but one that is highly effective is for the treatment of migraine headaches. It was licensed specifically for the treatment of migraine in July 2010 by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency) following extensive trials.
How has it been tested?
Before granting the license researchers trialled Botox™ injections in 1,384 patients who suffered from migraine using both a placebo and Botulinum Toxin over 56 weeks. After this period 70% of those treated with Botox™ had less than half the number of migraines than they previously had, offering huge relief for sufferers.
How does it work in relieving migraine?
It is thought that botulinum toxin targets the small nerves that carry pain from the head to the brain, known as C-fibres. This reduces the amount of chemicals released from the nerve ending and interrupts the feedback pathway that perpetuates the migraine.
How is it given?
Botox™ is given as a series of tiny injections under the skin or into the muscles in and around the forehead, over the scalp, into the area at the base of the skull. The injections are repeated every 3 months until the patient no longer suffers from migraine, or after 3 months if there is no positive response they will be stopped. Normally a response would be seen after the first or second set of injections.
How effective is it?
The biological effect of Botox™ on the nerves can take several weeks to be effective and some sufferers will not start to have relief until after their second set of injections
Botox™ for migraine provides an improvement for the sufferer in quality of life with fewer and less severe symptoms. In rare cases the migraines disappear completely but it is more likely that they will become less intense and less frequent making life more bearable again.
Where is this treatment available?
After suffering from headaches and pain I decided to have Botox to see if it would help. I have noticed a big reduction in my headache frequency and I am so happy to feel such relief.