Botox for Migraines

Definition - What does Botox for Migraines mean?

In 2010, the FDA approved the use of Botox for the treatment of chronic migraines. That means headaches spanning over 15 days a month, and at least eight days are with migraine symptoms. Also, the patient shouldn't have responded to at least three oral medical treatments for migraines beforehand.

TheConsultation explains Botox for Migraines

Botox is administered as a series of 31-39 subcutaneous or intramuscular injections in various sites on the head and into the neck and shoulders. The toxin is infused around pain fibers that are involved in migraines, entering the nerve endings and blocking the release of chemicals responsible for the pain transmission, preventing the activation of pain networks in the brain.

The injections are repeated every 12 weeks until the relief of the migraine, or until the treatment seems to be ineffective. Typically 1-2 sets of injections are adequate to see results. Botox has been approved for the treatment of chronic migraine in adults who are 18 or older. Its use in children or adolescents is considered to be ‘’off-label’’. This means that a physician is able to prescribe it, but insurance companies may not pay for it.

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