Botox Injections for Migraine Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with migraines and get migraine headaches often, you may wonder if there’s anything you can do to prevent them.
OnabotulinumtoxinA, or Botox, was approved in 2010 for adults who get chronic migraines. That means you have both:
- A history of migraine headaches
- Headaches (including tension-type) on most days (15 or more) of the month of which 8 are migraine.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a neurotoxin, a poison made by bacteria called Clostridium botulinums. It can cause a deadly reaction called botulism if you eat it in spoiled food because it blocks signals from your nerves and paralyzes your muscles.
But it’s safe because the toxin isn’t digested in your stomach and the dose is much smaller amount than you’d get in spoiled food.
Doctors found that shots of Botox can help smooth wrinkles because it relaxes muscles in the face. It also helps people who have tics and spasms because of a nerve disease like cerebral palsy.
When people who had migraine headaches used Botox to treat their wrinkles, they told their doctors that their headaches were better. So doctors began to study it as a migraine pain treatment.
We use a very small needle that feels like a pinprick and inject small amounts of Botox into shallow muscles in the skin. Each treatment typically involves 31 injections in seven key areas of the head and neck.
Treatments are typically done every 12 weeks.