Botox® can and has been be used to help people suffering from Chronic Migraines, having 15 or more headache days per month, at least half of which have migrainous features. Each of these headaches is lasting for more than four hours.
Botox® has been licensed specifically for the treatment of chronic migraine in July 2010 by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Botox® is the only FDA-approved preventive treatment proven to reduce headache days every month. Tests have proven that Botox® treatment can prevent up to 9 headache days a month.
How does the Botox® Treatment work?
The Botox® Injection and or treatment block the chemical change on the nerve endings. The Botox® is injected into the muscles of the forehead, the side and back of the head. The Botox® injection is also injected into the neck and shoulder to produce a partial or temporary chemical nerve ending change of the muscles (also known as ‘denervation’). Once Botox® is injected it causes the muscles to be too weak to contract. The dosage used for this treatment is extremely low.
Who can inject Botox®?
Currently, only very few specialist whom have received the appropriate training, certification and registered can inject Botox® for chronic migraines.
Is Botox® treatment for Chronic Migraines available on the National Health Service (NHS)?
In June 2012 The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended Botox® be available on the NHS as a preventive treatment option for adult patients suffering from Chronic on going migraines. This only applies to the NHS services within England and Wales.
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