What is Chronic Migraine?
Chronic Migraine is a severe type of migraine. It can be disabling and difficult for you and the people you know.
Chronic migraine is defined as having 15 or more headache days per month (both migraines and other headaches count), with 8 or more of those 15 headache days involving migraines lasting 4 or more hours.
Does Botox for migraines work?
Botox is a proven treatment for migraine headaches. Botox is the FDA-approved preventative treatment for chronic migraine! It prevents headaches and migraines before they even start, unlike treatments you take after a headache or migraine has begun. On average, Botox prevents 8 to 9 headache days per month. There have been over 2 million Botox treatments given to over 500,000 chronic migraines patients since 2010!
What is Botox treatment like?
This treatment involves tiny injections of Botox into 7 key muscle areas of your head and neck. It usually takes about 15 minutes. In large clinical studies, these injection sites have been proven to prevent migraines.
Patients typically receive Botox injections every 3 months to treat migraines. It is important to receive this treatment regularly so that your migraines do not return.
How do I know if Botox for Migraines will work for me?
Botox is an excellent treatment for chronic migraines for anyone who has tried traditional migraine medications but has not gotten enough relief. You may start to feel results as early as 4 weeks and the reduction in headache days may continue to improve over the course of 24 weeks. After 2 treatments (12 weeks apart), you will know whether Botox is working for you.
Based on your results, we will discuss continuing treatment after the first 2 injections. If you do not get treated every 12 weeks, you may not get the full benefit.
What are the possible side effects of Botox?
The most common side effect was neck pain, experienced by about 9% of Botox patients (9 out of every 100 patients). Other side effects were reported but rare, and will be discussed in detail during your initial visit.
How much does Botox for migraines cost? Is Botox for migraines covered by insurance?
You may pay as little as $0 for Botox treatments! Most PPO insurance plans cover the majority of Botox costs for qualified patients. If you are eligible, the Botox Savings Program may reimburse you to help with any remaining costs such as deductibles or coinsurance.