The headache program at Renown Health’s Institute for Neuroscience has expert physicians who provide compassionate diagnosis and care for chronic headaches and raise the standard of care through clinical research and trials

We evaluate various disorders and treat some conditions with Botox to minimize the pain from a chronic migraine. If you are suffering from 15 or more migraines per month, we can help.

Our physicians provide a pain-management plan tailored to your symptoms and we follow up with you afterward to help you manage the pain. If you don't have a primary care physician, the Institute will provide one to help you along the way.


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Botox treatment for chronic migraine

A migraine is not just a headache. It is a severe, debilitating headache often accompanied by symptoms other than head pain — lightheadedness, sensitivity to light, nausea, vomiting and visual disturbances.

Chronic migraine is identified as 15 or more migraine days a month, with the pain lasting for four hours or more at a time. It afflicts approximately 1 in 50 Americans and has a much greater impact on people’s lives — sufferers are more likely to miss work, school and family activities.

Botox is a new therapy that has shown to improve the lives of those suffering from chronic migraine. Here are three things you should know about Botox treatment for migraine:

Who should receive Botox treatment?
Botox has been proven to be effective only for chronic migraine. In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Botox for this condition.

What does the treatment involve?
The full treatment with Botox for chronic migraine requires a series of small injections to seven key areas of the head, neck and shoulders. A total of 31 injections are required and cause little discomfort. The series of injections, if effective, are repeated every three months.

Is the treatment safe and effective?
When performed by an expert in the injection technique, Botox injections are generally safe. The effectiveness of the drug is noticed about a week following the injection cycle, peaking around six weeks following and fading within about three months. Though some patients notice a difference following their first treatment, relief may not be felt until treatment is repeated two or three times.