Botox can be used to treat migraines along with other ailments.

Allergen, the specialty pharmaceutical company that produces BOTOX, is focusing on five areas: ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, dermatology, neuroscience, urology and cosmetics. Botox, the same cosmetic treatment that’s used to diminish wrinkles, is being used around the world to treat a variety of debilitating disorders associated with muscle overactivity.

A migraine is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurring headaches in association with a number of autonomic nervous system symptoms. The headaches will typically affect one half of the head and are pulsating in nature lasting for a long period of time. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, and possible sensitivity to sound and smells.

OnabotulinumtoxinA was approved in 2010 for adults who get chronic migraines. That means you have both:

  • A history of migraine headaches
  • Headaches (including tension-type) on most days (15 or more) of the month of which 8 are migraine

Patients who received BOTOX for cosmetic reasons who had previously suffered from migraines realized their migraines had dramatically decreased after the injections.