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NHS may use Botox for migraine

The NHS is set to use Botox injections to treat chronic migraines, it has been widely reported. The muscle-paralysing injections are popular as a cosmetic treatment, but due to its nerve-blocking effects, Botox does have a role in the treatment of certain medical conditions.

The move to use Botox to prevent migraines is based on new guidance published today by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which looks likely to come into force in the near future. NICE recommends that Botox can be considered as an option for the prevention of headaches for people who have chronic migraine (headaches on at least 15 days of every month, at least eight days of which are migraine) that has not responded to at least three prior preventative drug treatments. More ……