Migraine Injections


Injections for migraine relief can reduce the frequency of migraines, lessen the severity of your symptoms, or temporarily stop them from occurring.

Migraine Injections
Migraine Injections

The excruciating head pain, nausea, visual auras, sensitivity to light sound and even smell experienced with migraines can have a debilitating affect on people’s lives.

Why you might need it

An estimated 1–2% of the population suffers from chronic migraines – defined as experiencing a headache for 15 days a month, eight of which are migraines.

When all other types of treatment for migraines have failed, your GP can refer you to have an injection to provide relief.

Using very fine needles, muscle paralysing injections of the drug botulinum toxin A are given in seven key areas of head and neck to help prevent future migraines.

Where to get it done

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see, and when you want. They’ll be with you every step of the way.

All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospitals.

Our consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-specialty surgeries. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.

The procedure

If other treatments and at least three prior preventative medications have been unsuccessful in treating your chronic migraine, your GP might suggest you have injection treatment.

Very fine needles deliver the muscle paralysing drug botulinum toxin A to seven key areas in your head and neck. The drug is thought to relax the overactive muscles that cause migraines.

The injections themselves fell like tiny pinpricks and you may feel mild discomfort.


Based on your progress, you and your doctor will discuss repeat treatment every 12 weeks.

The most common side effect is neck pain but on rare occasions, complications can occur. Other side effects include headache, migraine, slight or partial facial paralysis, eyelid drooping, bronchitis, musculoskeletal stiffness, muscle weakness, ligaments, tendons, or bones, muscle spasms, injection-site pain and high blood pressure.

Your consultant will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.

If you have any questions or concerns, we’re here to help.