Gandia Hospital use Botox to treat chronic migraines

The treatment involves injecting small doses of Botox around the head, specifically in the places that most common migraines attack: the forehead, temples or the back of the head. Effect takes around 7 to 10 days, but lasts for three or four months, explained the head of the department of Neurology, Clinical Hospital of Valencia, José Miguel Lainez.

It is a therapy which is used under  "compassionate use". Compassionate drugs are those that are administered to a patient before the drug has received formal approval but that gives patients suffering from these chronic diseases a better quality of life. 

In October 2010 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of botulinum toxin (Botox) as a preventative treatment for chronic migraines. 

Normal or episodic migraine affects between 13 and 14% of the population, while chronic migraines, severe headache with at least fifteen days a month, suffering between 1.5 and 2%. According to experts, although Botox is popularly known for its use in the correction of wrinkles, it can also be used for excessive sweating, headaches, facial paralysis, chronic pain, and muscular contractions.

Gandia hospital and Valencia hospital are the only hospitals in the Region who practice this therapy at the moment.

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