Botox for Migraines

What is Botox?

Botulinum toxin, better known as Botox®, is best known for its ability to smooth wrinkles and rejuvenate an aging face. But Botox is also a proven treatment for muscle pain-related conditions, such as frequent debilitating migraines, headaches and chronic muscle spasms.

How does Botox work on migraines?

Botox blocks chemical signals that cause muscles to contract, making them less stiff and less sensitive to pain. Treatments take place in a doctor’s office and typically take less than 20 minutes.

How often do you need Botox for migraines?

For maximum migraine relief, your physician may recommend injections every three months.

Is Botox treatment right for you?

If you have 15 or more headache days a month over a three-month period, your migraines are considered chronic and make you a candidate for Botox treatment. If you think you might benefit from Botox treatment, talk to your Mercy doctor. Your care team will develop a plan to relieve your pain and get you back to doing what you love. And they’ll keep you comfortable and informed every step of the way.

What are the side effects of Botox injections for migraines?

  • Allergic reactions
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Headache
  • Neck or back pain
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Shortness of breath

Most insurance plans cover the cost of Botox treatment for an FDA-approved therapeutic use.

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