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Has anyone had successful botox for migraine headaches?
25 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
12 doctors agree
In brief: Many
Botox has a long track record of improving frequent migraines in many patients.
At first, was anecdotal but has become common use. Effects against migraines does not last as long as the muscle block, so migrainers must return for supplement at first recurrence. Typically lasts 2-3 months, many times eliminating migraine symptom or treatment requirements with other meds.

In brief: Many
Botox has a long track record of improving frequent migraines in many patients.
At first, was anecdotal but has become common use. Effects against migraines does not last as long as the muscle block, so migrainers must return for supplement at first recurrence. Typically lasts 2-3 months, many times eliminating migraine symptom or treatment requirements with other meds.
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Zahid Niazi
Agree completely with Dr Alexander. Initially it was an incidental finding that cosmetic patients receiving Botox got fewer headaches but this has now become part of a Migraine treatment protocol and some insurances cover the procedure specific to Migraine treatment.
Dr. Steven Zimmet
Aesthetic Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Usually
In my experience Botox usually yields significant improvement to people suffering from migraine headaches.
I've routinely seen reduction in the frequency as well as severity of these headaches. Unless there is a contraindication, it may well be worth trying. See someone experienced at performing Botox injections.

In brief: Usually
In my experience Botox usually yields significant improvement to people suffering from migraine headaches.
I've routinely seen reduction in the frequency as well as severity of these headaches. Unless there is a contraindication, it may well be worth trying. See someone experienced at performing Botox injections.
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes...
You may want to consider having your doctor/headache specialist see if Botox can be approved for your migraine headaches.
If it works you could have significantly less migraines for at least 3-4 months at a time. Many times people's migraines are cut in half if not more. The use of your oral migraine prevention medications and abortives are much more helpful and reduce occurrences even better.

In brief: Yes...
You may want to consider having your doctor/headache specialist see if Botox can be approved for your migraine headaches.
If it works you could have significantly less migraines for at least 3-4 months at a time. Many times people's migraines are cut in half if not more. The use of your oral migraine prevention medications and abortives are much more helpful and reduce occurrences even better.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
helps a few. No help for most.
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management
3 doctors agree
In brief: Botox
Yes - some patient do benefit from Botox injections - you should be evaluated by an md who performs Botox injections.

In brief: Botox
Yes - some patient do benefit from Botox injections - you should be evaluated by an md who performs Botox injections.
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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Botox can be used to prevent migraines.
It does not always work but it can be life changing.

In brief: Yes
Botox can be used to prevent migraines.
It does not always work but it can be life changing.
Dr. Michael Sinclair
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes many reports
Yes there are many reports of successful treatment with botox.
You may want to discuss the details of your migraines with a neurologist.

In brief: Yes many reports
Yes there are many reports of successful treatment with botox.
You may want to discuss the details of your migraines with a neurologist.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes,not for everyone
When used in an appropriate patient population (true migraine headache with more than 15 headaches per month and refractory to other prophylactic treatments), Botox often works very well.
It is by no means a first line agent, but for many patients who are running out of other options, it can be life changing.

In brief: Yes,not for everyone
When used in an appropriate patient population (true migraine headache with more than 15 headaches per month and refractory to other prophylactic treatments), Botox often works very well.
It is by no means a first line agent, but for many patients who are running out of other options, it can be life changing.
Dr. Julian Bragg
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Dr. Jason Hall
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Common
Botox can be successful in many patients with migraine.
..Especially migraines that are worsened by nerve compression of the head/heck. A good response to Botox has been shown to be a predictor of patients who will get relief from surgical nerve decompression, which can provide long-lasting relief in that group of people.

In brief: Common
Botox can be successful in many patients with migraine.
..Especially migraines that are worsened by nerve compression of the head/heck. A good response to Botox has been shown to be a predictor of patients who will get relief from surgical nerve decompression, which can provide long-lasting relief in that group of people.
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