Migraine Injections: An Innovative and FDA-Approved Treatment
An Innovative and FDA-Approved Treatment
Most people associate Botox with cosmetic procedures. However, this product is extremely versatile, and its effects go far beyond smoothing wrinkles on the face. One of the most recent uses approved by the FDA is migraine treatment.
At a first glance, you may not see the connection. Migraine is a severe type of headache, while Botox is a toxin that temporarily paralyzes the nerves. Yet, it is exactly this effect that causes migraine injections to work.
How Does the Migraine Treatment Work?
Botox acts without discrimination on all types of nerve endings. Thus, a healthcare provider can target the nerves which transmit pain signals in the head. This is a proactive approach to migraine headaches.
Practically, the Botox injections act as a preventive cure. They make sure that you do not experience a migraine, instead of taking medicine to numb the pain. This is why patients who have tried it say that the treatment has improved their quality of life a lot.
Moreover, Botox does not interfere with other migraine medications you may be using.
Find Out If You Qualify for Migraine Botox Treatment
In this specific instance, the FDA treats Botox as a drug, not a cosmetic product. In issuing the approval, the federal agency determined clear guidelines for use.
Thus, the patients who are eligible to receive injections for migraines must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a history of migraine headaches
- Get migraine and tension-type headaches for at least 15 days per month
- Have headaches that last for at least 4 hours
Does Insurance Pay for Migraine Botox Injections?
Your health insurance will cover the costs for the Botox injections if you meet all the criteria above. However, you must meet one extra condition. You must show that at least two other preventative treatments have failed to give you results.
Currently, both Medicare and Medicaid cover migraine Botox treatments.
What Can You Expect During the Treatment Session?
At PMN Health & Wellness, we take extra care when treating migraine patients. We know that you are already very sensitive to pain. Thus, we will make you as comfortable as possible. The entire treatment session lasts around 20 minutes.
We use a very tiny needle to inject Botox into precise areas in your head. The needle will not go deeper than the shallow muscles in the skin. Before the injections, we use a topical anesthetic to numb the skin, and you will not feel anything more than a pinprick.
One course of treatment has effects that last for about 3 months. After two courses of treatment, many patients say that the frequency of their migraines reduced by 50%. As this is a significant effect, if you suffer from migraines this is one solution that is absolutely worth exploring.