NHS may offer botox as migraine treatment

Botox could soon be available on the NHS to treat those who suffer from chronic migraines reports Sky News.

The injections, most commonly known as an anti-wrinkle treatment, have been shown to relieve pain for those who suffer from the severe and debilitating headaches.

In a draft report, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has recommended the jabs should be used as a treatment for the condition.

It comes after they looked at whether the benefits for chronic migraine would prove to be value for money for the NHS.

The report is still open for consultation but if there are no objections the treatment could be available on the NHS within months.

Professor Carole Longson, director of the Health Technology Evaluation Centre at Nice, said: “Chronic migraines are extremely debilitating and can significantly affect a person’s quality of life.

“We are pleased that the committee has been able to recommend Botox as a preventative therapy for those adults whose headaches have not improved despite trying at least three other medications and whose headaches are not caused by medication overuse.”

It is thought that Botox may help with migraines by blocking pain signals as well as relaxing muscles.


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