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Everything You Need to Know About Botox for Migraines

Dr. Morrell
Medically reviewed by Dr. Robert Morrell, MD

So, have you ever considered getting Botox for migraines? We all know about the anti-aging benefits of Botox, but it is also an effective treatment for patients who get severe and frequent migraines. Curious to learn more? Continue reading for answers to some common questions that we hear all the time about the history, benefits and effectiveness of the treatment.

Has Botox been proven to be effective for the prevention of migraines?

Yes. In 2011, Health Canada approved the use of Botox to treat chronic migraines. Previous clinical trials proved its efficacy and safety. Overall, Botox is an excellent option as a treatment for anyone who lives and struggles with chronic migraines.

Where did this idea come from?

We know that chronic migraines are common in women in their 40s to 50s, right? Well, back in the 1980s, there were random observations of improved migraines in women receiving Botox for cosmetic purposes. Patients reported the benefit and researchers designed clinical trials to see if injectables could really treat migraines.

Where do they inject Botox for migraines?

Botox is injected into seven specific muscle areas around your head and neck to help prevent migraine headaches before they start. Most often, areas include the forehead, bridge of the nose, or your temple. Other areas include the neck, the back of your head, and above the shoulder blades in your upper back.

What results can you expect?

    • Migraines are less severe
    • Attacks are easier to control with acute treatments
    • Your baseline headache and baseline neck pain are less intense
    • Your tolerance to triggers is higher
    • You will experience better overall functioning

Could Botox work if other preventives did not work for me?

Yes. Overall, Botox has a different mechanism of action than oral preventives. Studies demonstrate a clear benefit and improvement for patients who had previously tried other preventive. Learn more about Botox or contact us to book a complimentary consultation if you would like to get Botox in Vancouver.

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