FDA suggests Botox for migraine sufferers
20 October 2010The various benefits of Botox have been known for some time, but only recently has the Food and Drug Administration of the United States approved the toxin as a way to control migraines. The injectable, perhaps best known for its wrinkle-reducing properties, had been long suggested by headache experts as a way of relieving symptoms. However, the use was not made official and, in the early days, researchers had not conducted the medical trials and scientific information to make it so. Now, following trials involving more than 1,300 headache patients, the treatment has been green-lit by the FDA. According to Time Healthland, the trials were funded by Allergan, the makers of Botox, and found those with chronic migraines had the best response to the treatment. Dr. Merle Diamond, director of the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago, explained: "We all knew that in a certain population of patients, [Botox] seemed to be an effective drug for migraine. "The reality is that this works for the very tough patient with chronic migraines that are in general not responsive to traditional prevention approaches. And these patients are frustrated because they keep putting pills in their mouth and are still having more than 15 days of headaches a month. They're having the side effects of those medications, and are still having frequent migraines." Headaches aren't the only problem Botox is said to be beneficial for - it has also been claimed it can be used to treat everything from issues with tight muscles to problems with excessive sweating. Botox is also used to treat tired party feet, showing the product, which has become famous as a non surgical cosmetic procedure, has diverse medical applications.