Botox Vs Migraines
FEDA approves Botox for treatment of migraines.
When dermatologists first started using Botox to smooth wrinkles they revealed an unexpected benefit: Their patients' headaches started improving.
Now the FDA says it has enough scientific evidence that the famous wrinkle-eraser can treat chronic migraines.
Those are headaches that are so severe and occur so often that sufferers literally spend days hidden in dark rooms, overcome with pain, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.
Botox works by paralyzing the muscles that cause the pain, no matter where they are on the head, neck or shoulders.
One session can include dozens of shots and for the most severe cases can cost as much as $3,000 for just one round of treatment.
Since it wears off after three months patients need to repeat the treatment, and the payment, four times a year.
FDA approval of the treatments, however, mean that it will now be covered by more insurance plans.
The approval comes just a month after the company that makes Botox agreed to pay $600-million to settle claims that it illegally marketed Botox for unapproved uses like headaches.
The company will no doubt make up that money now with an official approval as sales of Botox are expected to soar.
Candidates for the Botox treatment are those who have headaches at least 14 days a month.