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18 October 2010

Botox gets ok to treat migraines

Drug maker Allergan, received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to market its wrinkle-smoothing drug botox for the treatment of serious, chronic migraine headache.

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Drug maker Allergan received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to market its wrinkle-smoothing drug botox for the treatment of serious, chronic migraine headache.

According to the Associated Press (AP), the FDA approved Botox for use by patients who experience the debilitating headaches for 15 days or more per month. According to Allergan, about 3.2 million Americans fall into this category.

For use against chronic migraine, doctors are advised to inject botox into the neck or head every 12 weeks to help ward off future attacks.

Approval was based on two Allergan-funded studies involving more than 1,300 patients received Botox or a placebo injection. According to the AP, in one of the studies patients on botox had about two fewer days of migraine per month on average compared to those on the sham injection.

"This condition can greatly affect family, work and social life, so it is important to have a variety of effective treatment options available," FDA's Dr. Russell Katz, director of neurology products, said in a statement. (HealthDay News, October 2010) 


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Dr Elliot Shevel is a South African migraine surgery pioneer and the founder and medical director of The Headache Clinic in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, South Africa. The Headache Clinic is a multidisciplinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of Primary Headaches and Migraines. Dr Shevel is also the main author of all scientific publications generated by his team. He recently won a high level science debate in which he was able to prove that the current migraine diagnosis and classification is not based on data. Tertiary Education - Dr Shevel holds both Dental and Medical degrees, and practises as a specialist Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgeon. Follow the Headache Clinic on Twitter@HeadacheClinic.

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