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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.
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.
For maximum migraine relief, your physician may recommend injections every three months.
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.
Side effects of Botox injections for migraines can include:
Most insurance plans cover the cost of Botox treatment for an FDA-approved therapeutic use.
At Mercy, we offer comprehensive services to diagnose and treat a full range of conditions, including: