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Trying Botox For Your Migraine Headaches? All You Have To Lose Are Your Wrinkles

 

Botox for migraine relief: Win McNamee/Getty Images via Guardian.co.ukBotox for migraine relief: Win McNamee/Getty Images via Guardian.co.uk Are your wrinkles causing you migraine headaches? Botox is now approved to treat both of them!

Though it may offer only modest relief to migraine sufferers, Botox has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for migraine treatment.

The results of the Allergan-funded studies were not dramatic but, as one researcher asserted, they would make a big difference to those who have not found a suitable treatment.  As migraine can be so incapacitating, a gain of about 120 hours without headache over a six month period can mean a lot. 

Botunlinum toxin, from which Botox is derived, has an interesting history.  It was identified early in the 19th century as the biological toxin responsible for food poisoning and, in fact, in the 20th century, U.S. scientists studied its potential use as a biological weapon. 

But in the early 1980's botulinum toxin Type A (onabotulinumtoxinA) was studied by the American Ophthalmologist Society as a treatment for strabismus (cross-eyes) and blepharospasm (eyelid spasms) and, the FDA approved the drug for that purpose. It wasn't until the 1990's that ophthalmologists noticed that their patients' wrinkles were disappearing along with their ocular muscle spasms and the FDA approved onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) for cosmetic use.

But Allergan has a stream of approval applications for Botox in its syringe, according to reports. In Europe and Great Britain, Botox is used to treat bladder control, foot deformities in children with cerebral palsy, excessive underarm sweating, and post-stroke spasticity, and it is expected that these and more medical approvals will take place in the U.S.  

In the meantime, now that the FDA has given its nod for migraine use, do you think we'll be able to have our wrinkles Botoxed as a by-product of migraine treatment?  Like a nose job can be a by-product of a deviated septum?

Guardian, CNN, MSNBC