Migraine Injections

Muscle relaxant injections are the first and only preventive treatment approved for people with Chronic Migraine


After 2 treatments (at 24 weeks), migraine injections were proven to reduce headache days each month

A migraine is a type of headache that may begin as a dull ache and then turn into a constant, throbbing pain. The pain can be felt on one side of the head, or top or all over the head. It can originate at the neck or at the forehead or temples. Migraines affecting about two million Australians. Women are 3 times more susceptible than men. You can get migraines at any age but they’re most common before the age of 40. About half of all people who get migraines have a family history of them. Unfortunately, incidents of children having migraines are on the increase.

The general symptoms of migraines include:

  • a headache that lasts anything from 4 up to 72 hours
  • pulsating or throbbing pain, often just on one side of your head
  • a headache that gets worse when you’re active or stops you from being active
  • feeling sick or vomiting
  • increased sensitivity to light, smells and noise

What is Chronic Migraine?

If you get frequent migraines on more than 15 days a month for an average of three months out of the year, this is known as a chronic migraine. About 1% of people have chronic migraine and may require increasing amounts of medication to help control the attacks.

There are many ways to manage Chronic Migraine; however, most medications are either acute or preventive

 Acute medications:

  • Taken when a migraine or headache is starting or has already begun
  • May stop or reduce pain but does not prevent a headache or migraine

Preventive medications:

  • Taken on a regular basis to help prevent migraines and/or headaches
  •  • May reduce migraines and/or headaches

When to consider preventive injection treatment?

 

Injections are the first and only preventive treatment approved by the medical authorities for people with Chronic Migraine. Based on scientific studies injections reduce up to 9 headache days a month

Other injection benefits include

  • No daily treatment
  • Injections are given every 3-6 months by your doctor

Injections guide

It may take several weeks to see a response. In clinical trials, patients showed a response at their 4-week evaluation. After 2 treatments (at 24 weeks), migraine injections were proven to reduce headache days each month. Keeping a headache diary can help you and your doctor track your progress.

Other facts

  • Injections done to 7 key areas of the head and neck
  • Injections feel like tiny pinpricks - most people experience mild discomfort
  • The most common side effect in Chronic Migraine clinical studies was neck pain, experienced by 9% of injections patients (vs 3% in placebo)

injections for migraine

Injections believed to inhibit the release of peripheral nociceptive neurotransmitters, which may then have a knock-on effect on the central pain processing systems that generate migraine headaches.

Are you a candidate for migraine injections?

Patients with chronic migraine are generally considered to be good candidates to treatment by injection. Chronic migraine is defined as headaches occurring on 15 or more days each month, at least half of which have migrainous features.

There are, however, other treatments available to patients with chronic migraine, and it is important that you have an informed discussion of your headaches and the options for treatment with a practitioner experienced in the diagnosis and management of headaches before a decision to use injections for migraines is taken.

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