October 15th, 2010
09:35 PM ET

FDA approves Botox as migraine preventive

Federal health authorities on Friday approved Botox injections for the prevention of chronic migraines in adults.

In a statement, the Food and Drug Administration recommended Botox be injected approximately every three months around the head and neck to dull future headache symptoms.

The drug - whose generic name is onabotulinumtoxinA - has not been shown to work against migraines that occur 14 days or fewer per month, nor has it been shown to work for other forms of headache, said the statement.

Experiencing a migraine on most days "is one of the most disabling forms of headache," said Dr. Russell Katz, of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "This condition can greatly affect family, work, and social life, so it is important to have a variety of effective treatment options available."

Migraines, an intense pulsing or throbbing pain in one area of the head, are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound, doctors say. Chronic migraines are defined as those that occur on 15 days or more for more than four hours per day.

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  1. Gigi Needle

    The Food and Drug Administration recommended Botox be injected approximately every three months around the head and neck to dull future headache symptoms.However, Botox has not been shown to work against migraines that occur 14 days or fewer per month, nor has it been shown to work for other forms of headache.

    April 13, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. applelopez

    This is good news for me since I'm always suffering from migraine attack. I'm glad that botox could now help me with my migraine woes. http://www.medicalspamd.com

    June 3, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Taylor Parker

    My mother had botox done on her face a few years ago. Her doctor recommended it to her, because she would have horrible migraines everyday. She tried so many different things to help her migraines subside, but to no avail. She had to quit her job, because they got so bad. My mom was so sad about that, because she loved her job so much. She started seeing a doctor regularly and after trying so many different things, he suggested botox. We were really hesitant at first, but after some thought we decided to give it a try. What did she have to lose? Right after the injections there were a few days of headaches, but after the settling had taken place, her migraines began to subside, and pretty soon she was up and running again!

    September 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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