Botox for chronic migraine
Botox can be used to prevent headaches in adults with chronic migraine who have headaches on 15 or more days each month, with headaches lasting 4 or more hours each day.
For Chronic Migraine sufferers, Botox is the only treatment approved by Health Canada to prevent headaches.
What are features of a migraine?
- Can be accompanied by nausea and or/vomiting and/or sensitivity to light and sound.
- Can get worse by routine physical activity
- Is throbbing or pulsating
- Often occurs on one side of the head
- Can last form 4 hours to 3 days
- Is usually moderate to severe in intensity
- Can be associated with changes in vision or hearing (Also known as Aura)
What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein complex derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It also contains human serum albumin. In people with chronic migraines, Botox has been shown to significantly reduce the number of headache days per month.
How does Botox work to relieve chronic migraines?
Botox works by temporarily weakening over active muscles and is also thought to block your body’s pain signals, which indirectly blocks the development of a migraine.
How is Botox administered?
Botox is injected into muscles in 7 different areas of the head and neck that may be contributing to your headaches. *Your doctor will determine the number of injections and injection sites required to treat your specific condition. The treatment typically takes 15 minutes.
It is recommended that you receive 3 treatment, 12 weeks apart.
Is this treatment covered by OHIP and private drug plans?
Your assessment of chronic headaches is covered by OHIP. The Botox medication is usually covered by the majority of private drug plans, and an additional injection fee is charged to the patient for performing the procedure.