Is Botox For Migraines Just a Myth?

The smoothing of wrinkles and brow lines that give patients a more youthful appearance is one of the first things that come to mind when people talk about Botox. The fastest growing cosmetic procedure used today by Dermatologists is the Botox injection. Skin doctors along with their female and male patients accept Botox treatments as common practice.

While treating his patients, a doctor from California, noticed a correlation between his patients’ smoother skin and a decrease in their migraine pain after Botox treatments. More and more of his patients appeared to be experiencing similar results from the Botox injections. Botox for migraines could be the relief millions of people are looking for to end their devastating pain.

Botox Injections for Migraine Therapy (part 1 of 3)

According to the American Migraine Foundation, approximately 12% of Americans suffer from the painful effects of living with migraines. Migraines are the most unbearable headaches a person between the ages of 15 and 55 can experience. Along with the pain, a patient will also experience nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.

Today Allergan, Inc. the drug-maker of Botox found another benefit from using Botox. The number of people experiencing migraine relief from their Botox treatments was hard for the skin doctors to ignore. The treatments only appear to work for patients experiencing 14 or more debilitating migraines a month. The more frequent and severe the migraines, the better the Botox worked for their patients. Pain relief from Botox can last from 3 to 6 months. Each patient’s experience is different, just as it would be using any over-the-counter medication for pain relief.

Botox Injections for Migraine Therapy (part 2 of 3)

Botox injections help block nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary decrease in muscle activity. Botox is injected into the muscles over the eye-brow, forehead, side of the head, and the back of the neck. It is thought, but not proven that Botox blocks the muscle contractions that stimulate migraines. The needles used for the Botox injections are very fine and only produce mild discomfort from the procedure. The number of days patients have to live with migraine pain is reduced with Botox.

Botox Injections for Migraine Therapy (part 3 of 3)

In 2010, Botox for migraines was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United Kingdom – Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. Today more and more patients are finding a reprieve from their debilitating pain with the help of Botox for migraines.

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