Botox® For Headaches and Migraines
Prevents headaches and migraines before they start
BOTOX® is the first and only FDA-approved preventive treatment for Chronic Migraine. Unlike acute treatments, which are taken to treat a headache or migraine once it's already begun, BOTOX® prevents headaches and migraines before they even start. BOTOX®prevents on average 8 to 9 headache days and migraine/probable migraine days a month (vs 6 to 7 for placebo).
The injections take about 15 minutes, and are done right in your doctor's office. The needles used for BOTOX® treatment are very small. People say that the injections feel like tiny pinpricks.
BOTOX® is injected into shallow muscles, not too deeply beneath the skin. Each treatment involves 31 injections in 7 key areas of the head and neck.
Treatment every 12 weeks
Chronic Migraine is just that—a chronic condition that benefits from preventive treatment. If you don't get treated every 12 weeks, you may not get the full benefit of BOTOX®. You will start with 2 treatments, 12 weeks apart. Reduction in headache days may improve over the course of 24 weeks. From there on out, you and your doctor will decide what's right for you, with retreatment recommended every 12 weeks.
Side effects of BOTOX® in clinical studies
The most common side effect was neck pain, which was experienced by 9% of BOTOX® patients (vs 3% for placebo).