Most people are familiar with Botox’s uses as a cosmetic treatment, but in recent years, doctors have begun using Botox to treat migraines. Doctors began hearing from their patients that cosmetic Botox treatments were resulting in lessened migraines, so they began using the product to treat headache pain.
Still, patients have questions about using Botox for migraines, including whether it is safe and effective.
Who Is a Candidate for Botox Migraine Treatment?
Not everyone who experiences headaches or migraines is a candidate for this treatment. Botox is not recommended for those who suffer from certain types of non-migraine headaches, such as cluster headaches. The treatment is also intended for those who have frequent, persistent migraines and experience headaches 15 or more days of the month. Botox may also be a suitable treatment for those who experience frequent tension headaches.
How Does Botox Work to Treat Migraines?
Botox works by blocking nerve signals. During treatment, your doctor will inject several units of Botox around the head and neck in order to dull or prevent migraines from occurring. Treatment is usually repeated every twelve weeks, as Botox naturally breaks down in the body over time.
Research on this treatment is somewhat limited, but doctors believe that it works because it blocks neurotransmitters from your brain from reaching the nerve endings in the head and neck. This prevents the patient from feeling pain.
Is Botox Treatment for Migraines Safe?
There are some side effects for Botox treatment, including neck pain. Bruising, swelling, and redness around injection sites are typical, and subside within a few days. However, these side effects are minor, and Botox treatment is generally considered safe. Finally, it’s important that you only seek migraine Botox treatment from trained, qualified professionals.
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