Botox for Chronic Migraine and Preventive Treatment
Botox is the first and only Preventive Treatment proven to reduce headache days every month. Ask your physician or health care provider if you are a candidate for Preventive Treatment with Botox.
What is Migraine
Migraine is more than just a bad headache. It is a debilitating syndrome with severe recurring throbbing sensation that may be unbearable and hard to endure. Attacks can last between 4 and 72 hours and are often accompanied by other symptoms including visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, and tingling or numbness in the extremities or face. Symptoms vary from person to person. Migraine can cause you to miss work, family activities or keep you from doing the activities that you love.
What is Chronic Migraine
Chronic Migraine is a neurological condition of nerve pathways and brain chemicals. It is defined as fifteen or more headache days a month, each lasting four hours or more. People with Chronic Migraine have a Migraine (or headache) more often than not. Migraines may be triggered by stress, certain foods or skipping meals, sleeping too much or too little, changes in weather or barometric pressure, hormonal changes in women, concussions and traumatic brain injuries. There is evidence linking genes to Migraine leading experts to believe that Migraine may be genetic or heredity and run in families.
Who is affected by Chronic Migraine
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, approximately 2% of the population suffers from Chronic Migraine, which is when Migraine occurs on 15 or more days per month.
Diagnosing Chronic Migraine
It is important to see a physician to help determine whether you are experiencing Chronic Migraine or if there are other neurological causes. Consult a physician for Chronic Migraine when you have fifteen or more headache days a month, each lasting four hours or more accompanied by severe head pain, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and/or noise, missed work or family activities. Only physicians with expertise in Chronic Migraine can properly diagnose and treat this neurological condition.
Chronic Migraine Treatment at Summit
Summit has physicians and mid-level providers who specialize in the Preventive Treatment of Chronic Migraine which may help adult patients reduce the number of headache days per month. Botox is a prescription medicine that is injected to prevent headaches in adults with Chronic Migraine who have 15 or more days each month with headache lasting 4 or more hours each day in people 18 years or older. Re-treatment is recommended once every 12 weeks as directed by your physician or health care provider.
Important Safety Information for Botox
Read this (LINK TO BOTOX SAFETY INFO) about Botox. Ask your physician or health care provider if you are a candidate for Preventive Treatment with Botox.
Preventive Treatment of Chronic Migraine
Botox injections are given in your doctor’s office and take no longer than a regular doctor visit. The needles used are small and may feel like tiny pinpricks; you may experience mild discomfort. Injections are on both the right and left sides of the head. Because Botox is a Preventive Treatment given by your doctor or provider, there is no daily dosing. Keep up with your Preventive Treatment and scheduled treatment sessions ahead of time – once every 12 weeks. Botox is proven to prevent up to 9 headache days a month (vs. up to 7 for placebo injection).
Is Botox for Chronic Migraine covered by health insurance
While Summit accepts many health insurance plans, we cannot guarantee their coverage of our services. You are responsible for verifying network status (in-network or out-of-network), coverage, deductibles and benefits of your specific individual policy. Before your appointment at Summit, please contact your health insurance plan to learn more about your policy. Avoid surprises by contacting your health insurance plan before your appointment.
Before your appointment at Summit for Chronic Migraine
Recording headache days can help you understand how treatment is going. Many people keep diaries or calendars to track the number and intensity of headaches they experience. Your physician or health care provider may have asked you to use one to help him/her find out if you have Chronic Migraine.
It can be helpful to keep a headache diary as you start your treatment. As you begin to have fewer headache days, you can keep track of your progress and stay motivated.
(HEADACHE DIARY LINK)
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Botox Savings Card
Commercially insured adults with Chronic Migraine may be eligible to receive savings for Botox treatment with the Botox Savings Card. New Botox patients who are eligible may receive up to $250 for each of their first 2 treatments. Existing Botox patients who are eligible may also get up to $100 per treatment. Visit the Botox Savings Card website or call 800-442-6869 (800-44-BOTOX).
American Migraine Foundation or call 856-423-0043.
Migraine Research Foundation or call 703-349-1929.
This site is intended for US consumers only. No information on this site is provided with the intention to give medical advice or instructions on the accurate use of Allergan Botox products. Visitors should always consult a physician or health care provider to learn more.
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