Botulinum Toxin for Chronic Migraine

Intended Benefits

In 2010 Botulinum was licensed in the UK by the by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for the treatment of chronic migraine. In June 2012 the National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommended “botulinum toxin type A as a possible treatment for preventing headaches in some adults with chronic migraine”


What is botulinum toxin

Botulinum toxin is produced by a bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, and acts by paralysing muscles.


How does botulinum toxin work in chronic migraine?

The simple answer is that we don’t know fully.

How is it given?

The treatment consists of approximately 34 injections around the head and shoulder muscles. The needle is very fine indeed and the procedure is usually tolerated very well.

What are the risks?

These will be discussed in detail at your consultation but greatest risk is that the eyebrows will be weakened and may appear to droop. Rarely there is also the risk of making the pain flare up for a few days afterwards. Very rarely people have had double vision and flu like symptoms; these are temporary.


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