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Botox injections may help migraine patients

Published on 16/02/2010
Botulinum toxin injections, also known as Botox, used to treat facial lines and wrinkles may help reduce the frequency of migraine headaches, according to a new report.

Research published in the JAMA journal Archives of Dermatology found a link between Botox injections and the alleviation of migraine symptoms.

After three months of treatment, the migraine frequency was reduced from an average of 6.8 days per month to an average of 0.7 days per month.

Authors of the preliminary study explained: "Our findings invite consideration of using botulinum toxin type A injections to prevent migraine headaches and may promote the role of the dermatologist in the treatment of patients with migraine."

Botox produces muscle paralysis and research suggests it may affect the way pain signals move through the nervous system, block pain receptors or reduce inflammation.

UK charity Migraine Action states that the condition affects more than six million Brits and is more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined.
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