Migraine headaches are frequently recurring, debilitating headaches that are characterized by a severe pulsating pain that can last from a few hours to several days. Most people who suffer from migraines need to take time out from work and leisure time, with bed rest in a dark, quiet room being the only way to recover.
The use of Botox® and Dysport® to treat migraines is a recent development, but it has been approved by the FDA as a safe therapeutic muscle-relaxing treatment. The treatment involves injections into specific areas around the forehead and eyes. The Botox® or Dysport® works by interrupting the nerve impulses from the brain to relax muscle activity and reduce the pain and duration of migraines. This treatment is very effective in relieving “imploding”-type migraines that are characterized by severe pain moving inwards with a “squeezing” or “crushing” sensation. The use of Botox® or Dysport® relaxes the nerves that typically become inflamed during a migraine attack and cause acute pain.
People who suffer with chronic migraines or Bruxism (grinding of the teeth) may be ideal candidates for Botox® treatments. Those who have a history of migraine and suffer from headaches more than half the month also are potential candidates for therapeutic use of Botox®.
Typically, migraine sufferers are given the treatment at intervals of about 10-12 weeks apart. The treatments are given as multiple injections around the head and neck to reduce the pain of severe migraine attacks.
A series of injections might last 4 to 6 months. However, there is an accumulative effect whereby after several treatments the effects may last even longer, and up to 8 to 10 months in some people.