Botox, made famous by the cosmetic surgery injury, has a new use. The FDA has approved the drug to treat chronic migraines. For people with chronic headaches, this could offer some relief.
I never had headaches before I had kids. Now they’re a near daily occurrence. I’m not saying the kids are at fault. Probably getting older and juggling all the demands of work and home just takes it’s toll. But the endless, enthusiastic screaming little children do doesn’t exactly soothe my sore brain.
Will I try this new treatment? No. You probably won’t either.
Before you run out to ask your doctor about it, be aware: chronic migraines affect only a small number of adults. The FDA’s definition of chronic migraines is 15 or more days a month. That’s a lot of headache.
If you do fall into that camp, Botox may offer you some relief. In company-funded drug studies, Botox was by no means a cure-all, but it did reduce headache hours significantly. People who took the drug had between 7 and 9 days fewer headaches than those who got a placebo instead.
Even the placebo was a powerful antidote for migraines. Those receiving the placebo reported about 6 fewer days of headaches.
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