Chronic migraines and frequent migraine headaches affect millions of Americans every year, and some prescription medications to treat migraines have many unwanted side effects. Some experts believe that Botox injections can be effective for treating migraines, because they help to reduce the muscle’s ability to flex in certain areas, and can thereby curb the pain associated with the average migraine headache.
Migraines are typically caused by the dilation of blood vessels in the head, and these can trigger a number of other problems including sensitivity to light, nausea, dizziness and splitting pain in the head and neck area. Some people benefit from taking over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, and resting in a dark, quiet room until the pain passes. However, migraines are typically recurring and may be triggered by high stress levels, poor nutrition or fatigue.
Dr. Drew Ordon recently explained the reasons why Botox treatments may be effective for treating migraine pain on the The Doctors TV show. While there are no published, randomized, double-blind trails that show how Botox can treat migraines, there is a significant amount of data that suggests that Botox injected into the muscles of the brow, forehead and side of the head can reduce the frequency of migraines and may also help reduce the severity of side effects, including vomiting.
One of the most significant limitations of using Botox for migraines is that the treatment can be costly – approximately $350 per injection, and is most often not covered by insurance. The cost of the treatments vary depending on the individual, and some people may experience side effects such as droopy eyelids, or an infection at the injection site.
Still, many doctors and medical professionals believe that Botox injections can help to reduce the frequency of migraines and may prevent very severe migraine attacks altogether.