How long does Botox last in Migraine Treatment?

Do you get this question every time you get the botox injection for your migraine. Read the article to know the answer.

pradeep vundavalli Created on 23th Mar, 21

Many people in Visakhapatnam have a migraine. If you've been diagnosed with migraines and have recurrent headaches, you may be wondering if there's something you can do to stop them. You can consult an ENT doctor for migraine treatment through Botox. 

 

Are you wondering how long Botox would last in migraine treatment? For answering this question, let us first understand when Botox can be used to treat migraines.

 

When can Botox be used to treat migraines?

Botox, or onabotulinumtoxinA, was approved in 2010 for adults who suffer from chronic migraines. It means you have both:

  • History of migraine headaches
  • Headaches (including tension-type headaches) for 15 days or more and 8 of them being migraine headaches

 

It is not an approved treatment if you have any of the following:

  • Only get headaches 14 days a month or less
  • Suffer from other forms of headaches, such as cluster headaches

 

People in Visakhapatnam with migraine headaches who used Botox to treat their wrinkles said that their headaches had improved as well. As a result, specialists started to investigate it as a migraine cure.

 

Is Botox effective in the treatment of migraine headaches?

In a study of adults with chronic migraine headaches, Botox injections reduced the overall number of days they had them, as well as the number of days they had other forms of headaches. They also recorded fewer days off work and more "crystal-clear" — pain-free — days in a month.

 

In another study, nearly half of those who received two rounds of Botox showed a decrease in the number of days they had a headache per month.

 

How does Botox help in treating migraines?

Botox is believed to help with migraine headaches by blocking neurotransmitters, which send pain signals from the brain. Botox acts as a detour on that route. It prevents the chemicals from hitting the nerve endings in your head and neck.

 

  • For people who have a good response, Botox for migraine prevention lasts around 12 weeks. You'll see your doctor four times a year for medication or as needed.

 

  • You won't have to try to take a regular migraine prevention pill because Botox is an injection that you get every 12 weeks.

 

  • If your doctor agrees, you can use Botox in combination with oral drugs for acute migraine treatment.

 

How long does Botox last in migraine treatment?

When you first start Botox, your specialist will recommend two procedures 12 weeks apart. You and your doctor will discuss your Botox therapy and how well 

it is working for your migraines after your second session.

 

If Botox is working well for you, your migraine treatment can be repeated every 12 weeks (4 injection sessions per year) or as instructed by your doctor.

 

Botox eliminates 8 to 9 headache or migraine days a month on average, compared to 6 to 7 days with an ineffective placebo injection. However, your outcomes can differ based on your condition.

 

In clinical trials, some patients experienced migraine relief in as little as four weeks. If Botox for migraine prevention is successful for you, you can see results after the second dose, normally 12 weeks later.

  • Patients in 6-month trials saw a decline in the number of headache days they had throughout the study.
  • When Botox was compared to placebo, Botox shortened the overall amount of time headaches lasted in the 6 months study span.

 

Conclusion

  • For patients who have a positive reaction to the medication, Botox for migraine prevention lasts around 12 weeks. You'll see your doctor four times a year for medication or as needed.
  • You won't have to try to take a regular migraine prevention pill because Botox is an injection that you get every 12 weeks.
  • If your doctor agrees, you can use Botox in combination with oral drugs for acute migraine treatment to relieve discomfort after a headache has started.

 

This isn't everything there is to know about Botox and how to use it safely and effectively to treat migraines. Check the full Botox details here and talk to your doctor or other healthcare professional about it.