Does Botox Really Work For Migraines?
By Marci Robin , Senior Online Editor |
Only four months after receiving FDA approval for the treatment of chronic migraines, Botox is already being doubted as an efficient course of care for those suffering from these recurrent headaches.
The journal Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin-published in the UK, where Botox has also received the OK for migraine treatment-criticized the clinical trials that led up to international approval, saying they offered "limited evidence of benefit."
Furthermore, the journal claims the trials were flawed because two-thirds of the participants suffered not from chronic migraines but medication overuse headaches-headaches that, ironically, result from headache treatment.
In fact, one in 10 participants' headaches worsened from Botox treatment, according to trial reports.
The DBT concluded, "These discrepancies and the limited evidence of benefit make it difficult for us to see a place for botulinum toxin A [Botox] as treatment for chronic migraine."
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