Tag: botox for migraines

19
Jul

Botox

In the U.S. there are millions of people who suffer from migraines. Migraines are often characterized by unilateral pain with sensitivity to light and noise. They will often last for hours and in some cases days. Typically, patient will take medications over the counter such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. When headaches are minimal this will often suffice as treatment. If they occur frequently, prophylactic medications or preventives are needed to control the symptoms. Lifestyle modifications in diet and exercise are also very important as well. An alternative or adjunctive treatment to medication is botulinim toxin or Botox. This is indicated in people who suffer from chronic migraines which is defined as 15 or more migraines a month. Botox can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of migraines in many patients. Most patient feel a definite improvement after two treatments. Side effects are minimal at best if they do occur. Sometimes patient may still need to take medication in conjunction with Botox. Treatments are usually every 3 months as the effect of the injection is temporary. It is thought that the injections work by inhibiting muscle contractility and modulating nerve function. If you suffer from chronic migraines, please call our office today!