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How effective is Botox in treating headaches?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved onabotulinum toxin A (more commonly known as “Botox”) for the treatment of chronic migraines. Chronic migraines are defined as occurring on 15 days or more per month. Headache specialists have been injecting onabotulinum toxin A for migraine prevention for many years. It is a generally safe treatment, although safety and effectiveness should be discussed with your doctor. One of the nice things about Botox injections for migraine prevention is that if it works, it usually has none of the potential side effects that some of the prescription medications have. For people who have tried other medications and modalities, it is a great option to discuss with your doctor.

Injections are done in the office and take the same time as a regular office visit. No special preparation is needed, and afterwards you can go about your day as you normally would with few restrictions.

Dr. Devi E. Nampiaparampil, MD
Pain Medicine Specialist

Besides migraines, Botox can be effective for treating other types of headaches, says pain management expert Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil. To find out what they are, watch this video.




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