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Better known as a wrinkle-reducer, Botox injections are FDA-approved for treating adults with chronic migraine.

Multiple injections, at a cost of roughly $350 per injection site, are given around the head and neck every 12 weeks. Some insurance companies cover the injections for people who have failed to get relief from other migraine medicines.

Two large studies funded by Allergan, the maker of Botox, show reductions in the frequency of headaches. But groups that received placebo injections showed improvement too.

Skeptics continue to question the therapy's value. "Botox produces euphoria in those who bill for it, but I've never seen it work," Dr. Messina says.


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