Migraines cannot be cured, but they can be treated in several ways. The most common and conventional treatments fall into one of two categories: pain relieving medications and preventative medications. Pain relieving medications can include pain relievers such as Advil or Tylenol, Triptans, Ergots, anti-nausea medications, opioids and glucocorticoids.
Preventative medications include cardiovascular drugs, anti-depressant drugs and anti-seizure drugs. Many of these drugs come with unpleasant side effects like nausea, sleepiness, stomach problems and sexual dysfunction.
Some people turn to alternative medicine for acupuncture, biofeedback, massage therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and various herbs. Basically, everyone wonders, what’s the best treatment for migraines? At RIVKIN Aesthetics, we have been using Botox to help treat migraines with great success for about 8 years.
In 2001, a serendipitous breakthrough led to the discovery that Botox can be very effective in reducing both the frequency and the intensity of migraine episodes. Botox is an injectable that has been used in cosmetic surgery procedures to reduce the appearance of facial fine lines and wrinkles since the 1980s.
Gradually, Botox patients who also suffered migraines began reporting that their headaches and other related symptoms subsided and that their migraine episodes were less frequent and less intense.
It became clear that Botox injections were targeting the same nerves and muscles in the face that were involved in migraine attacks. The theory that migraines were due mostly to spasm of blood vessels has been modified to include the effects of facial muscle spasm.
It seems that migraines and tension headaches are closely related in that spasm of the facial muscles is involved in triggering and perpetuating migraine episodes. By relaxing this muscle activity in the head and neck, Botox can safely lower the frequency, severity and length of migraine episodes.
In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Botox for use in treating migraine headaches. Studies show that Botox is effective against chronic migraines and headache syndromes. Botox has since become a popular method of treatment for migraines and headaches. This important and unexpected discovery gives migraine sufferers a safe alternative to daily prescription medications.