Yes, it’s true. Botox will prevent that throbbing migraine before it even starts. In fact, patients reported that two Botox treatments helped to reduce the number of migraine days by a whopping 50%. Here is everything you need to know:
Migraines and Botox
We’ve all heard of Botox. It is most commonly known as the secret weapon that has been keeping generations of smooth foreheads in Hollywood. What you may not know, however, is that Botox has successfully been bringing great relief to those who suffer from chronic migraines for years. Since Botox was approved to treat chronic migraines in 2010, an excruciating number of patients are reporting great success.
The FDA has only approved Botox for those suffering from chronic migraines. What does this mean? You must have 15 or more days of headaches each month. You must also be 18 years or older. Does this sound like you?
Botox may be the treatment to finally offer you some relief. In fact, the more frequently you suffer from headaches, the better you’ll do with Botox treatments. With that being said, Botox is not recommended for patients who experience less than 15 headache days each month.
What is the treatment like?
Your physician will use a tiny needle that won’t feel like anything more than a pinprick. The doctor will continue to inject small amounts of Botox into shallow muscles on your skin. Typically, patients receive about 30 injections in 7 key spots on their head and neck. You should expect your appointment to last about 20 minutes.
How long does it last?
You’ll receive a Botox Treatment once every 10 to 12 weeks to dull or prevent migraine headaches. Keep in mind that the treatment won’t work right away. You will see results 2 to 3 weeks after your first treatment.
What are the side effects?
Those who treat their chronic migraines with Botox have reported neck soreness as the most common side effect. We recommend using an ice pack to reduce the discomfort.
Is it covered by my insurance?
For cosmetic reasons? No. As a chronic migraine treatment? Yes – by most plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Allergan, a Botox manufacturer, offers a “Botox Savings Card,” which offers patients reduced fees.