Sports Medicine

Botox for chronic migraine

Are you having 15 or more headache days a month? Is each headache lasting 4 hours or more? You may have chronic migraine.

  • A migraine is a type of headache that may begin as a dull ache and then turn into a constant, throbbing pain felt on one side of the head. When you have a migraine you may be sensitive to light and sound and may experience nausea and/or vomiting. A migraine headache can last between 4 to 72 hours and may get worse with routine physical activity, such as walking or climbing stairs.

  • Chronic migraine is a condition in which people experience 15 or more headache days a month, with each headache lasting 4 hours or more. If you have chronic migraine, at least half of your month is filled with headache days.

  • Chronic migraine medications are either acute or preventative. Your chronic migraine treatment plan may include both acute and preventative treatments. Botox (OnabotulinumtoxinA) is a preventative treatment for people with chronic migraine.

  • The FDA-recommended dose for each BOTOX treatment session is 155 Units. The needles used are small and feel like tiny pinpricks; you may experience mild discomfort. It may take several weeks to see a response.

    OnabotulinumtoxinA is a preventative treatment given every 3 months.