(LONDON, U.K.) - Although Botox has been licensed as a preventative measure for chronic migraines, new research suggests that the treatment is "little help" for the pain.
The Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin says there is little evidence that the anti-wrinkle injections have a significant impact for migraine sufferers. Others, however, such as Migraine Action, say the option should be available to help block the pain.
"Anyone who suffers from chronic migraine knows that there is no cure, but for these patients, who are often quite disabled by their unremitting and remorseless pattern of headaches and migraines, any new treatment that helps them to get their lives back in control and to proactively manage their condition like Botox, gives them hope for a better future," said Migraine Action Director Lee Tomkins.
Although a previous trial of more than 1,300 patients showed that Botox was successful in reducing the number of headaches, the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin questions the results, saying Botox has been shown to worsen migraine symptoms in around one in 10 people.
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