Frequently Asked Questions
As is the case with any treatment, nothing works for everyone. In the case of chronic migraine (people who have more than 15 headache days per month), however, Botox is arguably one of the best treatments available. Most patients see a reduction in days they experience headaches, and usually those headaches are less intense than before starting Botox treatment.
No. There is not a cure for migraines, but Botox injections can help lessen the frequency and severity of migraine episodes.
As is the case with any prevention treatment for migraine, many patients will need to continue treatment until their vulnerability to migraine attacks lessens. Most people who have migraine go through “periods” in their lives when they have more episodes of migraine, and times when they have fewer episodes. Botox is used during the period of time in a person’s life when they need a prevention regimen.
Botox is currently FDA-approved for chronic migraine, which is when a person has at least 15 headache days per month, 8 of which are considered migraine days. Most insurances require a person to try at least two of the “older” daily prevention medications before Botox treatments will be covered. If a person is uninsured or does not wish to try the “older” prevention medications first, we offer discounted “self-pay” prices.
The procedure, which is performed every three months, takes about 15 minutes and is performed in our Chicago or Naperville offices.