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Botox May Prevent Some Migraines
Date:2/15/2010

Lipton said.

"Two recent double-blind studies show that patients with chronic migraine, with headaches 15 or more days per month, also respond to treatment with botulinum toxin," he added. Lipton noted that he has also received funding from Allergan.

Another expert, Dr. Gretchen E. Tietjen, chairwoman of neurology and director of the Headache Treatment and Research Program at the University of Toledo Medical Center in Ohio, said that while Botox is not a first-line treatment, she does refer some of her migraine patients.

"Maybe 50 percent of the people I refer for Botox tell me they really think it helped them," she said. "It's a select group of patients I refer. Usually, it's people where I have tried every medicine I can think of and it didn't work."

Tietjen noted that many insurance companies won't pay for Botox treatment for migraine.

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For more information on migraine, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.



SOURCES: Christine C. Kim, M.D., dermatologist, Encino, Calif.; Richard B. Lipton, M.D., vice chairman, neurology, and director, Montefiore Headache Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City; Gretchen E. Tietjen, M.D., chairwoman, neurology, and director, Headache Treatment and Research Program, University of Toledo Medical Center, Ohio; February 2010 Archives of Dermatology


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