A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on 1 side of the head.
Many people may also have symptoms such as the following
- Feeling sick
- Being sick
- Increased sensitivity to light or sound.
Migraine is considered to be a common health condition, which research shows affects around 1 in every 5 women and around 1 in every 15 men. They usually start in early adulthood.
OUR APPROACH TO TREATING MIGRAINE HEADACHES?
Onabotulinumtoxin A, also known as Botox-A, was approved in 2010 by the FDA for the treatment of chronic migraine.
Botox is injected into specific areas of your head and neck involved in migraine pain. The effect lasts for about 3 months.
Botox injections were developed to block neurotransmitters that tell your muscles to contract. By blocking these signals between your body and your brain, Botox diminishes the appearance of wrinkles.
However, blocking neurotransmitters is also a way to prevent migraine attacks. Botox blocks the release of these chemicals from reaching your nerve endings and causing pain.
Migraine attacks are typically best treated right at the very beginning of an attack — but it can really difficult to do that.
If you try to treat a migraine with oral medication, you can end up taking too much of it. This can result in medication overuse headache and sometimes even trigger more migraine attacks.
Botox can work as a preventive treatment that keeps your brain from receiving the initial migraine signals, without the risk of “rebound headache” that comes with many oral medications.