ARE BOTOX INJECTIONS WORTH THE TROUBLE AND EXPENSE FOR PREVENTING CHRONIC MIGRAINE HEADACHES?

May 22nd, 2012

\"Botox5A recent study published in the April 25th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reviewed the results of 31 published studies on the use of Botox injections to prevent migraine headaches.

The researchers found that the use of botox injections to prevent occasional migraines (episodic migraines defined as less than 15 headache days per month) and chronic daily headaches was of no greater benefit than placebo.

They further reported that for chronic migraines (15 or more migraine or headache days a month) or chronic daily headaches, there was a small to modest benefit that was probably not clinically very significant. In addition, compared to placebo, Botox injections caused:

  • Neck discomfort or pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Paresthesias (a prickly, tingling, electric shock type sensation)
  • Drooping of the upper eyelid
  • Skin tightness or discomfort

The bottom line is that for most people, based upon this analysis of 31 published studies, the expense and effort of going through Botox injections to try to prevent chronic migraine headaches may not lead to satisfactory results.

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Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.