Botox And Migraines

4 Replies Updated

Conversation Starter

LAW Says:

I have chronic migraines,7/24/365. This condition is kept to a manageable level by Lyricaand Effexor. However, both of these drugs have been causing serious side effects to, like short term memory problems, shortness of breath, and more. I am very sensitive to drugs in general, and have tried other meds with little success. Botox has been suggested as an alternative . Has anyone had e perience with Botox or any other med which would be better? Thanks!

Showing Replies 1 - 4 of 4 RSS Feed

Page of 1     Sorted By:
Verwon Says:

The most likely culprit in this case is Lyrica, since it is an anticonvulsant that can also help with other conditions, the FDA does warn that it can cause memory issues, dry mouth, dizziness, mood changes, and weight changes.

However, Botox can also cause side effects, such as administration site reactions, swelling, redness, and atrophy.

Can anyone that's used it for migraines chime in?

Was this helpful?      1  
Benjamin Says:

Hi, I wanted to share my experience w/Lyrica. I have degenerative disk disease a spine condition, and Lower back pain. Ive been disabled with it for past ten years and started having other side effects like numbness and pain in hands and feet. My MD suggested I take Lyrica hoping it would also help with my pain management and the neuronal nerve pain in my feet. I took it for about a year and a half. At some point I started having what I call scent hallucinations. For example, the incense i burn and love just started having a really strange smell, then the smells from outside became unbearable. I noticed one day an ad on tv about possible side effects including depression and weird nightmares. Though I kept telling my psychiatrist about these issues, she never said anything. I stopped taking Lyrica, cutting back and within two weeks I was back to normal, and had none of those strange smell hallucinations. Lyrica is also bad for people with liver disease, and I have that too though not technically sick from it, but my MDs never should have prescribed it, so make sure you ask your MD all the right questions, and read the information that comes with your medicine. We all have to be proactive.

Was this helpful?      1  
LAW Says:

Re: Benjamin (# 2)

Thank you so much! I don’t have sense of smell issues, but sometimes I think the drugs cause as many problems as they cure. I am hoping that someone who has had actual experience with Botox in re migraines might answer. Yes, you need to taper off when you want to stop Lyrica. I am happy for me that your problem ceased, and I am wondering what you are taking for your back pain now.

Was this helpful?      0  
LAW Says:

Re: Verwon (# 1)

When you mention atrophy, are you referring to atrophy of the brain? I have experienced weight changes, memory problems, dry mouth, considerable muscle weakness and other side effects, and while Lyrica is ,as you say, the main culprit, I do not doubt my calcium channel blockers, etc. are contributors. I am really concerned about my short term memory effects. Thank you so much for your kind response.

Was this helpful?      0  

Viewing page 1 of 1     Reply

More Discussions:

migraines and topamax
I just recently started taking this for treating 6 to 8 migraines a month. I was using the max amount of meds every mont... 4 replies
Viibryd and Migraines
Just started Viibryd day 6 at 10mg, went off cold turkey 40 mgs of Prozac, and 50 mgs of Amitriptilene (spelled wrong)..... 2 replies
Statins and Migraines
I was on a Statin for the past 5 years and have suffered with migraines for the past 15 years. For many reasons I decide... 1 reply
Brintellix and Migraines
My wife has been on Brintellix/Trintellix for nearly a year now with great results. No other anti-depressant has been as... 4 replies
Medrol pack and migraines
I am on a short course of medrol for a back issue, but I also suffer from chronic migraines. I know it is often also use... 2 replies
xarelto raised alt and migraines
Been taking xarelto for 9months after p e in lungs noticed fatigue right away but now having migraines and recent blood ... 1 reply
I suffer from bad migraines and insomnia
What do I say when I meet with my neurologist. I have Tyler w/cod. Does nothing for pain in the head but have been on pa...
Morphine extended release 15mg and migraines
I have been taking morphine ER 15mg for 3 years and hydrocodone/acetaminophen 10-325. I've also suffered from migrai... 2 replies
need help finding a doctor for chronic back neckand migraines
Need help finding a doctor that will prescibe soma for my chronic migrains lower back painand was born with herniated di... 2 replies
Migraines associated to Benlysta use?
I am going for my fourth Benlysta treatment tomorrow and although I've noticed huge differences in my mobility and j... 10 replies

Post a Reply

No registration needed.
Simply fill out the form below.



 Optional, stays hidden.
Get notified when a reply is posted here.

4) Text Verification: *
Prevents SPAM.

Click here to show the question

This form will be submitted securely


Discussion Thread Guidelines: Any participation in the discussion threads signifies your agreement with the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. (1) Act civilized and be respectful towards others. No profanity, vulgarity or lewd / suggestive content is allowed. (2) Posts encouraging, facilitating, or seeking advice about the abuse of medications or other substances are prohibited. (3) Personal contact information (such as telephone numbers, email addresses, etc) is not allowed to appear on our discussion threads. (4) We do not allow our forums to be used for buying, selling, trading, or for the promotion of a product or service. (5) Posting external links to other web sites is not allowed without our prior approval. (6) We reserve the right to edit or remove content which we find objectionable to the community at our sole discretion.

Note: All times displayed are GMT - 7.

This information has been independently compiled and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from a qualified healthcare professional; nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For more details please see the Medical Disclaimer. This page was last updated on 4 May 2018.

We are committed to your privacy.

Copyright © 2005-2019 All Rights Reserved. MedsChat® is a registered trademark of Limelight Innovations L.L.C. 9888 W Belleview Ave #5000, Denver, CO, 80123, USA