We all know about Botox’s anti aging benefits but did you know that it’s often used to treat patients who get severe and frequent migraines. Let us answer some of the common questions about Botox and migraines you may have…
Health Canada has approved the use of Botox for the treatment of chronic migraine in 2011. The clinical trials proved its efficacy and safety for the treatment of chronic migraine. Botox should be offered as a treatment to people who live with chronic migraine.
The use of Botox for migraine came from random observations of improvement of migraine in women receiving Botox for cosmetic purposes in the 80’s. Chronic migraine is common in women in their 40-50s. The benefit was reported to the company, and clinical trials were designed to see if Botox could really treat migraine.
Botox is injected into 7 specific muscle areas around your head and neck to help prevent migraine headaches before they start. Areas include the forehead, bridge of the nose, the temples, the neck, the back of the head, and just above the shoulder blades in your upper back
Yes. Botox has a different mechanism of action than oral preventives. Studies have demonstrated a benefit in patients who had tried other preventives. In real life, Botox is covered only after previous trials, and improvements are observed.
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