Botox approved to ease migraines as well as wrinkles

13 July 2010

Enjoying long success as an effective treatment for people wanting to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, Botox also has a number of other benefits - and has now been approved by UK regulators as a means to alleviate chronic headaches.The non surgical treatment has been licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK to help migraine sufferers. According to the agency's research, around 700,000 men and women in the country - one in seven people - suffer from the debilitating headaches, with women being twice as susceptible to migraines as men. Merinews reports that the treatment will be available for people who suffer from migraines for 15 days or more per month, and who display visible signs of problems related to the condition. A recent test found that chronic sufferers experience migraines for an average of 19 days per month, meaning anyone who suffers from severe migraines will be glad to hear of the new treatment. Botox (botulinum toxin injections) works by relaxing contracted muscles in injected areas, and this is why it has been so effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles. However, the treatment can help to block pain signals too. Although Botox treatments are a non-invasive form of surgery, patients choosing the injections to combat wrinkles should always be sure to choose a reputable clinic that also offers consultations to help patients decide whether the treatment is right for them.