In 2010, BOTOX® was approved as a treatment for chronic migraine headaches. BOTOX® is effective in preventing the debilitating migraine headaches that affect 12% of Americans. Rather than easing the symptoms of migraine pain once a person has a headache, BOTOX® works to prevent headaches from occurring. Using BOTOX® can reduce the hours and days that migraine sufferers spend in pain.
How BOTOX® treats migraines
BOTOX® treatments for migraines are typically given once every three months. Multiple doses of BOTOX® are injected in specific points along the bridge of the nose, temples, forehead, back of the head, neck, and upper back. Injections reduce the symptoms caused by a migraine headache, including nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to lights, sounds, and smells.
Relief doesn’t happen right away. Improvement can take as long as 10 to 14 days. Some people may not experience any relief with their first set of injections, and additional treatments are sometimes more successful.