A new study shows Botox isn’t just for erasing fine lines and wrinkles; the injections can also fight migraines. Doctors say migraine sufferer’s battle debilitating pain. “Chronic migraine is one of the most disabling forms of headache,” Russell Katz, MD, of the FDA, said. “Patients with chronic migraine experience a headache more than 14 days of the month. This condition can greatly affect family, work, and social life, so it is important to have a variety of effective treatment options available.” According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery one of those options is Botox.
A team of researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee found Botox injections near the head and neck reduced the frequency of migraines and also eased the tension typically caused by them. The effects of Botox were temporary. Just as Botox injections need to be repeated to smooth wrinkles, it also needs to be repeated to treat migraines. Patients using Botox to beat migraines need to receive injections every 12 weeks for continued ease of pain. While Botox did prove effective, researchers say it only treats certain kinds of migraines. “Our analyses suggest that botulinum toxin A may be associated with improvement in the frequency of chronic migraine and chronic daily headaches, but not with improvement in the frequency of episodic migraine, chronic tension-type headaches or episodic tension-type headaches,” the study’s authors wrote in a recent edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The most common side effect reported during this study was head and neck pain. Pain at injection sites was also reported. Patients are typically injected in 10 to 20 different areas around the head and neck. The FDA says Botox doesn’t help those with sporadic migraines and should only be considered by patients with 14 of more migraines a month. While side effects were reported, researchers say it is another option for migraine sufferers that have tried other treatment options with little success.
“If I was having more than 15 migraines a month, I’d give Botox a try,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Jeffrey Jackson, told HealthDay News. “It has few side effects. And, if it helps, you can go 90 days without as many headaches and without daily side effects.”
For patients who want more information about Botox injections in Riverside – especially for unconventional uses – call Dr. Kincaid, a board certified surgeon in Riverside at his centrally located Temecula office: 951-695-9934.
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