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Has anyone had total cure with botox for migraine headaches?
26 doctors weighed in

Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Surgery - Plastics
8 doctors agree
In brief: Botox for headache
It is unlikely that a single treatment of Botox will cure migraines as it will wear off in several months and the headaches will probably recur then.
However, many patients have had significant if not near total relief of their migraines after Botox treatments. Only you and your doctor can decide if this is a good choice for you.

In brief: Botox for headache
It is unlikely that a single treatment of Botox will cure migraines as it will wear off in several months and the headaches will probably recur then.
However, many patients have had significant if not near total relief of their migraines after Botox treatments. Only you and your doctor can decide if this is a good choice for you.
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
6 doctors agree
In brief: Cure, No...
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: Cure, No...
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: Rarely
I have had patients who have been able to come off all other preventative treatments after starting Botox and have remained headache free.
That being said, while most people do see a significant response, very few are that dramatic.

In brief: Rarely
I have had patients who have been able to come off all other preventative treatments after starting Botox and have remained headache free.
That being said, while most people do see a significant response, very few are that dramatic.
Dr. Julian Bragg
Dr. Julian Bragg
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Help not cure
Botox has proven very effective in patients with frequent migraine headaches.
Typical treatment, however, lasts between 3-6 months before the pattern returns. There is no known cure for migraines at this time.

In brief: Help not cure
Botox has proven very effective in patients with frequent migraine headaches.
Typical treatment, however, lasts between 3-6 months before the pattern returns. There is no known cure for migraines at this time.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
But there is hope.
After menopause you will have less migraine. There are a variety of meds and treatments to reduce your suffering.

In brief: No
But there is hope.
After menopause you will have less migraine. There are a variety of meds and treatments to reduce your suffering.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not a cure
but can greatly diminish the migraines for several months.

In brief: Not a cure
but can greatly diminish the migraines for several months.
Dr. Diane Minich
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Possible
Dr barnett is correct.
One treatment is unlikely to effect a cure. Several treatments certainly have proven effective for many patients.

In brief: Possible
Dr barnett is correct.
One treatment is unlikely to effect a cure. Several treatments certainly have proven effective for many patients.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Jason Hall
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Botox headache cure
A "cure" from Botox alone is unlikely.
Patients respond to Botox because it paralyzes muscles in the face/head that compress certain nerves. It's this nerve compression that causes pain. If you get significant headache relief from either Botox or nerve blocks, you are likely to be a good candidate for surgical treatment for your headaches. Talk to an experienced surgeon for more info.

In brief: Botox headache cure
A "cure" from Botox alone is unlikely.
Patients respond to Botox because it paralyzes muscles in the face/head that compress certain nerves. It's this nerve compression that causes pain. If you get significant headache relief from either Botox or nerve blocks, you are likely to be a good candidate for surgical treatment for your headaches. Talk to an experienced surgeon for more info.
Dr. Jason Hall
Dr. Jason Hall
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
I have had a number of patients who are close to headache free after several rounds of botox.

In brief: Yes
I have had a number of patients who are close to headache free after several rounds of botox.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
While all of us who treat headaches with Botox have seen cases like this, studies are showing that it is only slightly effective, lowering headaches by 2/month. Don't expect total cure!
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not total cure
While some patients have reported improvement in symptoms I am not aware of reports of patients achieving total cure with Botox alone.

In brief: Not total cure
While some patients have reported improvement in symptoms I am not aware of reports of patients achieving total cure with Botox alone.
Dr. Otto Placik
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