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Botox for Headaches

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It’s safe to say that Botox is a miracle drug. Not only is Botox used to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and across the forehead, but it is also used to treat a variety of medical conditions including chronic migraines. Sound a bit ridiculous or too good to be true? Read on to learn more about how Botox can help you get rid of your headaches and get back to feeling like your normal self in no time.

How Does It Work?

Botox is derived from the toxin botulinum type A when injected into your neck and certain parts of your head, Botox works to decrease the severity and frequency of migraines. Understanding exactly how Botox works can be a bit difficult. By interrupting the signal of the nerve cells to the muscles, Botox disrupts the normal functionality of the neuromuscular joint. When Botox is released, it temporarily relaxes the muscles in the neck and head, helping to decrease the migraine pain that you are suffering from. The biggest thing to know about Botox is that it doesn’t stop migraines from starting, but rather it prevents them from occurring in the first place— meaning that it’s the best preventative medicine out there.

How Long Does It Last?

The results from Botox for all varieties of treatments are temporary. When it comes to helping ease the tension and pain you feel from chronic migraines, Botox lasts about twelve weeks and should be readministered at this point.

Is It Effective?

Depending on just how chronic your headaches are and how many treatments you have had administered will determine just how effective treatments are.  As an FDA approved the way to prevent migraines, most patients experience less frequent migraines when they get Botox injections on a consistent basis.

Suffering from chronic migraines can make your life feel beyond miserable. If you have migraines and just can’t live with them any longer, contact Dr. David A. Schlessinger to learn more about whether or not Botox is the right solution for you. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!