Treatment for Headache and Migraine
The use of Botulinum toxin for the treatment of tension headache and migraine has been reported in several clinical studies in recent years. The benefits were discovered by accident in patients having Botulinum toxin injections to smooth lines and wrinkles, who reported significant reduction in the severity and frequency of headaches.
Dr. Jilani has also noticed that many patients have had relief of their headaches and migraine after receiving Botulinum toxin treatment.
In 2000, Dr. Silversten published a scientific medical paper confirming the effectiveness and safety of Botulinum toxin in the prevention and treatment of migraine. The treated patients showed significantly fewer migraine attacks per month, reduced migraine severity, medication use and associated vomiting.
Botulinum toxin is administered with a very fine needle into the forehead muscles. It relaxes these muscles and so helps relieve tension headache and migraine.
The treatment takes approx 15 minutes, and the benefits can last 4-5 months. The side effects are slight temporary redness at the injection sites and occasional minor bruising.
Botulinum toxin has been approved as a preventive treatment for chronic migraine by UK drug regulators (MHRA) in 2010.
Is the treatment always effective?
In some patients for unknown reasons it may not be very effective.
How often would I need the treatment?
Most patients are aware that the effect of Botulinum toxin is wearing off because the symptoms of tension headache and migraine returns. The results usually last for approximately 4 months.