Entries in Chronic Migraine (2)


Botox May Not be Effective in Limiting Migraines

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(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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FDA Approves Botox as Chronic Migraine Treatment

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Botox injection for treatment and prevention of chronic migraines in adult patients.

The FDA describes the condition as "having a history of migraine and experiencing a headache on most days of the month."  The FDA also states that chronic migraine is three times more common for women than men.

"Chronic migraine is one of the most disabling forms of headache," said Russel Katz, M.D., director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.  "Patients with chronic migraine experience a headache more than 14 days of the month.  This condition can greatly affect family, work and social life, so it is important to have a variety of effective treatment options available."

The FDA says that the most common adverse reactions to chronic migraines are reportedly neck pain and headache.  In order to treat the condition with Botox, patients would be injected every 12 weeks in multiple areas of the head and neck.

It is important that patients discuss with their doctor whether Botox is an appropriate treatment for them.

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