Anyone who suffers from migraines can tell you how disruptive, discouraging and debilitating migraines can be. They can easily take a toll on both your social and professional life. Migraines are typically unpredictable and can last anywhere from a few hours to several days.
Prevention is an important part of migraine management. Ensuring adequate hydration, proper diet, regular exercise and curbing caffeine overuse can help manage headache frequency.
Sometimes lifestyle management is not fully effective. Unfortunately, some medications can have intolerable side effects. Botox® may be an option for treatment in these cases.
Botox® is the only injectable therapy that Health Canada has approved for chronic migraines, which is defined as headaches on 15 or more days a month.
Botox® prevents migraine headaches before they start. Using the PREEMPT protocol it is injected around pain fibres that are involved in triggering the headaches. Botox blocks the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission and reduces the activation of the pain networks in the brain. According to Dr. Andrew Blumenfeld, one of the doctors involved in the development of the PREEMPT protocol, patients see an increased benefit with each treatment cycle. Patients routinely report that their headaches are reduced by about 50% after the second cycle.
Allergan’s Botox for Migraine program will assist qualified patients navigating their insurance plans in order to obtain to obtain coverage for this treatment where offered.