Who qualifies for Botox for migraines? Licensed medical professionals treat migraines by injecting botulinum toxin into multiple areas around the head and neck. The treatments are approved for select people age 18 and older who experience 15 or more migraine days per month.
Does Botox actually help migraines? Doctors think Botox works for migraine headaches because it blocks chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from your brain. Botox is like a roadblock in that pathway. It stops the chemicals before they get to the nerve endings around your head and neck.
What kind of migraines are treated with Botox? BOTOX® prevents, on average, 8 to 9 headache days and migraine/probable migraine days a month (vs 6 to 7 for placebo). For adults with Chronic Migraine, 15 or more headache days a month, each lasting 4 or more hours. BOTOX® is not approved for fewer than 14 headache days a month.
Why would a neurologist use Botox? Botulinum toxin can also be used to treat spasticity, or abnormal muscle tightness, in patients with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, brain or head trauma, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease).