Botox Now Approved in the UK for the Treatment of Chronic Migraine

This site is intended for clinicians who are seeking more information on the use of Botox for the treatment of  chronic migraine, alongside finding a private route to train in the use of Botox for this licensed indication.

After over a decade’s research and clinical trials, Botox (botulinum toxin type A) has received a license from the UK drug licensing authorities (MHRA) for the treatment of chronic migraine.

The license allows Botox to be used specifically for the “prophylaxis of headaches in adults with chronic migraine (headaches on at least 15 days per month of which at least 8 days are with migraine)”.

This means that Botox will not help to treat an acute migraine attack, but has been shown to help people who suffer from chronic migraines to significantly reduce the number of migraine free days that they experience in a typical month, helping them to live a more normal life.

Dr David Eccleston, Clinical Director at MediZen Clinics in Birmingham, West Midlands comments:

“Those of us using Botox in the late 90’s for the reduction of frown lines noticed that some of our clients reported a reduction in tension type headaches. This led me to further investigation in both my private and NHS practice to help people with migraine who did not respond to treatment with conventional drugs. I’m pleased to see that Botox will now become more widely available to help people reduce the impact of the sometimes disabling symptoms associated with chronic migraine”.

Dr Eccleston has over a decades experience in the use of Botox for migraine treatment aswell as for the treatment of excessive sweating and for frown lines and wrinkles – all established and licensed uses for this versatile drug. He has also trained thousands of clinicians in both the UK and abroad in the use of Botox for these different indications.
If you are a clinician who is interested in learning more about how to use Botox in private practice, please contact MediZen for dates of training courses.

 

 Jason Bell is an NHS Physiotherapist and Migraine sufferer from Birmingham and he explains how Botox injections for the treatment of his migraines significantly improved his quality of life.

 

 "I had suffered regular migraine for 2 decades. It became an almost daily issue for me about 3 years ago.

Despite the attempts of my GP, a neurologist, a specialist migraine clinic, acupuncture, massage and prophylactic migraine medications my migraines persisted - affecting every aspect of my life.

I would regularly take over the counter medications just to get me through the day. Medizen and Dr Eccleston was recommended to me as an experienced Doctor in the treatment of Migraine using Botox. I researched that Botox is now registered in the UK for the treatment of Chronic Migraine. Its unique pain relieving effects and its ability to relax the tight muscles around the temples, scalp and neck has been shown to aid many patients when other treatments simply fail.

The Botox for me was simply miraculous. It has without exaggeration changed my life. I am now 3 weeks after my injections and I am 95% improved. Without pain, I am able to contemplate and aspire to a quality of life I had previously never thought I would reach".

For more information on different treatment options, we recommend that you also visit the Migraine Action website which is a comprehensive information resource for migraine sufferers: www.migraine.org.uk