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Is botox working for migraines?

28 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bob Ourian
Dermatology
10 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes, Botox is an fda approved medication for treatment of migraine headaches.
Like every medication, some people may not respond to Botox treatments and may need another form of treatment. In addition, Botox works to prevent headaches but has little effect on an acute onset.

In brief: Yes

Yes, Botox is an fda approved medication for treatment of migraine headaches.
Like every medication, some people may not respond to Botox treatments and may need another form of treatment. In addition, Botox works to prevent headaches but has little effect on an acute onset.
Dr. Bob Ourian
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
4 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. Julian Bragg
Neurology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, for some

While Botox is not a first line agent for migraine, it does provide significant relief in many patients who have failed initial treatments.
A neurologist can help you find if you are a Botox candidate, or if some other treatment might be more appropriate at this time.

In brief: Yes, for some

While Botox is not a first line agent for migraine, it does provide significant relief in many patients who have failed initial treatments.
A neurologist can help you find if you are a Botox candidate, or if some other treatment might be more appropriate at this time.
Dr. Julian Bragg
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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
Anti-Aging Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Botox is FDA approved for treatment of migraines.

In brief: Yes

Botox is FDA approved for treatment of migraines.
Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Botox is effective!

Botox is very effective for the prevention of migraine headaches and causes very few side effects compared to any drug taken by mouth.
I've been injecting Botox for various types of headaches for 17 years. 70% of patients improve after botox. The fda approved it 1 and 1.2 years ago for migraines, which makes it easier to get insurance to pay for it - high cost is the only negative of botox.

In brief: Botox is effective!

Botox is very effective for the prevention of migraine headaches and causes very few side effects compared to any drug taken by mouth.
I've been injecting Botox for various types of headaches for 17 years. 70% of patients improve after botox. The fda approved it 1 and 1.2 years ago for migraines, which makes it easier to get insurance to pay for it - high cost is the only negative of botox.
Dr. Alexander Mauskop
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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

As noted previously, Botox is quite effective for migraine and chronic daily headaches particulary when other treatments have not been effective.
By the way, the wrinkle reduction from the direct effects on muscle may only be part of the mechanism of relief, especially since the relief of symptoms can be days after the reduction of muscle tension which causes the wrinkles and tension headaches.

In brief: Yes

As noted previously, Botox is quite effective for migraine and chronic daily headaches particulary when other treatments have not been effective.
By the way, the wrinkle reduction from the direct effects on muscle may only be part of the mechanism of relief, especially since the relief of symptoms can be days after the reduction of muscle tension which causes the wrinkles and tension headaches.
Dr. James Marx
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Dr. Darren Farnesi
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes, sometimes

Only in certain people - i believe those whose migraines are triggered by a tension headache.

In brief: Yes, sometimes

Only in certain people - i believe those whose migraines are triggered by a tension headache.
Dr. Darren Farnesi
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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: For some people

Botox is fda approved for people with intractable migraines.
However it is not effective for everyone. You should consult with a migraine specialist to see if you are a candidate for Botox injections.

In brief: For some people

Botox is fda approved for people with intractable migraines.
However it is not effective for everyone. You should consult with a migraine specialist to see if you are a candidate for Botox injections.
Dr. John Hoffmann
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