Experts say Botox helps migraines

In this Oct. 17, 2012 photo, a 32-year-old Thai woman, Nisakron Boonpun gets a Botox injection at Bangkok's Yanhee Hospital, which houses one of the country’s best-known and largest beauty clinics. Bangkok has more than 500 licensed beauty clinics that cater to the wealthy but is also full of illegal, back-alley beauticians who are attracting young and working-class customers with rock-bottom prices. The recent case of a 33-year-old aspiring model who died from a botched collagen injection has drawn attention to the dark side of a booming beauty industry in Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The American Academy of Neurology is updating their guidelines.

The group said Botox is safe and effective treatment for chronic migraines and three other neurological disorders.

Experts said Botox helps reduce muscle contraction and the transmission of pain signals that come with migraines. They said the treatment is safe for chronic migraine, spasticity in adults, cervical dystonia and blepharospasm.

The toxin has been long used cosmetically, to smooth out wrinkles.

The last time the guideline was updated was in 2008.

The updated guideline was published online April 18 in the journal Neurology.




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