Chronic Disease

Chronic Migraine: Botox to alleviate symptoms by 50%

The head, in particular, is the botulinum toxin type A, in whose effects has unearthed a study – with more than 1,300 patients – to make sure that, as a preventive treatment, you can reduce to half the symptoms that accompany chronic migraine, a pathology that can become disabling, more common in women, and for that find a cure remains a challenge.

chronic migraine

Migraines are not just headaches because it can lead to other complications and even be a disorder associated with other pathologies. Among the complications is the treatment itself, as in some cases depend requires more than one drug to control (in the most severe cases up to ten).

Chronic migraine is a condition that can be disabling, with a huge impact on the quality of life of the sufferer. Find a definitive treatment and above all, ease the annoying symptoms, remains a challenge, even now could have taken an important step. It is estimated that more than 2% of the population suffers from chronic migraine, especially women, more vulnerable to this disease. Generally, the outbreaks appear between 40 and 50 years, with episodes of headache lasting two or more weeks (half roughly correspond to migraine).

Botulinum toxin type A, better known by its trade name, Botox, had emerged as a potential ally in the treatment of migraines. Several studies have found that it is so and that, as a preventive treatment, can reduce the symptoms and duration of migraines.

Botox, therefore, reduces the symptoms of chronic migraine suffering a severe outbreak and duration (days) of moderate to severe headache. Corroborated data through one of the largest studies to date, involving more than 1,300 patients.

Another feature of the chronic migraine is that it usually appear in patients who, years ago, have suffered from migraines in a spontaneous manner. That is, a timely migraine episode may evolve to chronic migraines a sign to be alert to anticipate a diagnosis is not always fast. In the case of more than 4% of patients who suffer severe headaches spontaneously.

As stress migraine specialists can also be a disorder associated with other pathologies, such as overweight, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep disorders, or asthma. Behind the headache can be a problem for use and abuse of drugs (analgesics). This treatment requires not only adapt itself to the problem of migraine, but its surroundings, since the choice of a particular drug may interfere with other diseases and, therefore, in their symptoms.

Complications, as highlighted by the specialists who support the use of botox, it could solve, especially because it has proven to be a good level of tolerance in patients (mild and transient side effects). Another problem to solve is the number of drugs to take. The studies conducted so far suggest that patients with chronic migraine who were given this botulinum toxin reduced from ten to two medicines.

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