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Botulinum Toxin for Migraine

Did you know that Botulinum toxin can be used for Migraine ?

Caroline has worked alongside Dr Ahmed in Hull who carries out these treatments

Dr Fayyaz Ahmed Specialist Consultant Neurologist, trustee of the Migraine Trust,and currently the President of British Association for the Study of Headache, has been treating migraine sufferers for many years with promising results.

At the moment botulinum toxin for Migraine is not funded by the NHS except for exceptional circumstances, however treatments may be carried out in a private capacity at Spire hospital in Hull.

The drug  has been licensed since July 2010 by the Medicines and Healthcare  Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK for use as a preventative treatment for chronic migraine in adults. The MHRA is the government agency which is responsible for ensuring that medicines work, and are acceptably safe.

It is the first preventative treatment to receive a specific license for patients with chronic migraine.

Chronic Migraine remains the most disabling subtype of migraine that has a major impact on Quality of Life.  Botulinum toxin remains a treatment option in patients with chronic migraine particularly for those who may have exhausted other available treatment options.

If you would like to know more about this treatment Caroline can discuss with you and refer to Dr Fayyaz who will carry out a consultation to determine whether you are suitable for treatment or other options available to you

Although Botulinum toxin is well known for its cosmetic use, it has been used for the treatment of various neurological disorders including blepharospasm (uncontollable blinking or twitching of the eye), cervical dystonia (severe neck spasms), spasticity and writer’s cramp. 

It is also licensed for hyperhidrosis particularly that of the armpits (available at Skinboost).
In addition the drug is used by the ophthalmologists for strabismus (cross eyes), ENT surgeons for laryngeal dystonia and urologist for hyperactive bladder.

N.B. The above treatments are a guide to options available and are based on a full consultation by the specialist to determine suitability and other options available.