Boxtox (Onabotulinumtoxi-A), although most commonly known for its cosmetic applications, is an effective injection therapy for chronic migraines.
What Happens During Botox Injections?
Botox is injected at various points on the body, including the forehead, neck or upper back using a small needle. Most patients liken the experience to being pricked with a pin. The procedure takes less than 15 minutes to perform.
Possible Side Effects
When performed by a doctor, Botox injections are generally safe. Still, mild side effects can occur:
- Temporary neck pain
- Mild injection-site pain
- Temporary swelling
- Upset stomach
- Drooping eyelids
Pregnant or breast-feeding women should not use Botox.
Botox for migraines is a non-invasive outpatient procedure. After the 15-minute procedure, your physician might recommend observation to ensure you don’t experience any negative side effects.
Effectiveness emerges roughly one week post-injection, peaks around six weeks, and fades around three months. Most people who do Botox-A find that it takes 2 to 3 rounds of treatment before determining if the injections are a good match for their chronic migraines.