BOTOX® FAQS

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Tell me about Chronic Migraine
Acute vs preventive treatments
What is a BOTOX® Specialist?
All about BOTOX® treatment
When will I feel results?
What about safety?
Insurance and costs
How often do I need to receive BOTOX®?

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What is Chronic Migraine?

Chronic Migraine is defined as having 15 or more headache days each month, with migraine on at least 8 of those days, with headaches lasting 4 hours or longer. Chronic Migraine is a distinct condition from other types of migraine, like episodic migraine. Chronic Migraine occurs more frequently, and the pain is more severe.

What is the difference between migraine and Chronic Migraine?
What is the difference between acute and preventive treatments?
Why should I see a BOTOX® Specialist for Chronic Migraine?
What should I share with a BOTOX® Specialist?
What are the top things to know about BOTOX®?
What Are Important Things To Know About BOTOX® Treatment? https://www.botoxchronicmigraine.com/botox-faq https://player.vimeo.com/video/282548256 What Are Important Things To Know About BOTOX® Treatment? BOTOX® is a preventive treatment, which means it prevents headaches and migraines before they even start.
What are key facts about BOTOX® and Chronic Migraine?
What Are Key Facts About BOTOX® And Chronic Migraine? https://www.botoxchronicmigraine.com/botox-faq https://player.vimeo.com/video/282548536 What Are Key Facts About BOTOX® And Chronic Migraine? Let’s take a look at some of the key stats about Chronic Migraine and BOTOX® treatment.
What is BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is the first FDA-approved preventive treatment for Chronic Migraine. Unlike acute treatments, which are taken to treat a headache or migraine once it's already begun, BOTOX® prevents headaches and migraines before they even start. BOTOX® prevents on average 8 to 9 headache days and migraine/probable migraine days a month (vs 6 to 7 for placebo).

What makes BOTOX® a different type of treatment option?
Could BOTOX® be right for me?
What should you consider when deciding if BOTOX® is right for you?
What is BOTOX® treatment like?
What is a BOTOX® appointment like?
What are injections like?
What is the treatment schedule for BOTOX®?
What Is The Treatment Schedule For BOTOX®? https://www.botoxchronicmigraine.com/botox-faq https://player.vimeo.com/video/282434537 What Is The Treatment Schedule For BOTOX®? Chronic Migraine is just that — a chronic condition that benefits from preventive treatment. Like all preventive treatments, BOTOX® is taken on a schedule. Find out more.
Can I still take acute medication for my migraines once I begin BOTOX® treatment?

If your doctor recommends it, you may still take acute medications while you are on BOTOX® treatment. BOTOX® is a preventive treatment—which means it works to prevent headache days. Acute treatments, on the other hand, are taken to reduce pain once a headache or migraine has already begun.

Will BOTOX® affect anything more than my Chronic Migraine?

BOTOX® has other uses, but the injection sites for Chronic Migraine are specifically designed to prevent headaches and migraines.

What can I expect with BOTOX®?
How long before I feel results with BOTOX®?
How Long Does It Take For BOTOX® To Start Working? https://www.botoxchronicmigraine.com/botox-faq https://player.vimeo.com/video/282413033 How Long Does It Take For BOTOX® To Start Working? Sometimes it takes people two treatments before it'll really help. After the second treatment, most of the patients really noticed a difference. That’s when they knew BOTOX® worked for them.
What should you know about BOTOX® safety?
What Should You Know About BOTOX® Safety? https://www.botoxchronicmigraine.com/botox-faq https://player.vimeo.com/video/282434751 What Should You Know About BOTOX® Safety? People also experience other side effects less often than neck pain. If you have any questions about BOTOX® side effects, talk to your doctor.
What are the side effects of BOTOX®?
What Are The Side Effects Of BOTOX®? https://www.botoxchronicmigraine.com/botox-faq https://player.vimeo.com/video/282411471 What Are The Side Effects Of BOTOX®? Before I started treatment with BOTOX® for my Chronic Migraine, I wondered about the side effects. I mean any treatment can have its unknowns, but my doctor made me feel really comfortable, and I trust her.
Is there insurance coverage for BOTOX®?
How much does BOTOX® cost?

Most insurance plans cover the cost of BOTOX® treatment. If you have to pay out-of-pocket for BOTOX® and have commercial insurance, the BOTOX® Savings Program may help you pay as little as $0*. Learn how at BOTOXSavingsProgram.com.

*Restrictions and maximum savings limits apply. Patient out-of-pocket expense may vary. Offer not valid for patients enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, or other federal or state healthcare programs. Please see full Terms and Conditions below.
What is the BOTOX® Savings Program?

Most insurance plans cover the cost of treatment. However, some patients with commercial insurance may have to pay out-of-pocket. That's where the BOTOX® Savings Program comes in.

The BOTOX® Savings Program was created to help commercially insured patients with these out-of-pocket costs not covered by insurance. The BOTOX® Savings Program offers money back in the form of a check sent to eligible members.

How often should I get BOTOX® treatments?
Why does continuing treatment matter?

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

BOTOX® may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection of BOTOX®:

  • Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months.
  • Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing.

There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect away from the injection site when BOTOX® has been used at the recommended dose to treat chronic migraine.

BOTOX® may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, vision problems, or dizziness within hours to weeks of taking BOTOX®. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.

Do not receive BOTOX® if you: are allergic to any of its ingredients (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA); have a skin infection at the planned injection site.

The dose of BOTOX® is not the same as, or comparable to, another botulinum toxin product.

Serious and/or immediate allergic reactions have been reported, including itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Get medical help right away if you experience symptoms; further injection of BOTOX® should be discontinued.

Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions such as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing from typical doses of BOTOX®.

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you: have or have had bleeding problems; have plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; weakness of forehead muscles; trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if BOTOX® can harm your unborn baby); are breastfeeding or plan to (it is not known if BOTOX® passes into breast milk).

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Using BOTOX® with certain medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you received BOTOX® in the past.

Tell your doctor if you received any other botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months; have received injections of botulinum toxin such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® in the past (tell your doctor exactly which product you received); have recently received an antibiotic injection; take muscle relaxants; take allergy or cold medicines; take sleep medicine; take aspirin-like products or blood thinners.

Other side effects of BOTOX® include: dry mouth, discomfort or pain at injection site, tiredness, headache, neck pain, eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of eyelids, dry eyes; and drooping eyebrows.

For more information refer to the Medication Guide or talk with your doctor.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Indication
BOTOX® is a prescription medicine that is injected to prevent headaches in adults with Chronic Migraine who have 15 or more days each month with headache lasting 4 or more hours each day in people 18 years or older.

It is not known whether BOTOX® is safe or effective to prevent headaches in patients with migraine who have 14 or fewer headache days each month (episodic migraine).

Please see BOTOX® full Product Information including Boxed Warning and Medication Guide.


Program Terms, Conditions, and Eligibility Criteria: 1. This offer is good for use only with a valid prescription for BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA). 2. Based on insurance coverage, Chronic Migraine patients can receive up to $700 off per treatment for up to 5 treatments in 2018. All treatments must be received during 2018. Maximum savings limit of $3500 per year for people with Chronic Migraine applies; patient out-of-pocket expense may vary. 3. This offer is not valid for use by patients enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, or other federal or state programs (including any state pharmaceutical assistance programs), or private indemnity or HMO insurance plans that reimburse you for the entire cost of your prescription drugs. Patients may not use this offer if they are Medicare-eligible and enrolled in an employer-sponsored health plan or prescription drug benefit program for retirees. This offer is not valid for cash-paying patients. 4. This offer is valid for up to 5 treatments per year. Offer applies only to treatment received before the program expires on 12/31/18. 5. Offer is valid only for BOTOX® and BOTOX® treatment-related costs not covered by insurance. 6. A BOTOX® Savings Program check will be provided upon approval of a claim. The claim must be submitted with treatment details from an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) or a Specialty Pharmacy Provider (SPP) receipt. (If the BOTOX® prescription was filled by a Specialty Pharmacy Provider, both EOB and SPP details must be provided.) All claims must be submitted within 90 days of the date of EOB receipt. You may be required to provide a copy of your EOB or SPP receipt for your claim to be approved. 7. A BOTOX® Savings Program check may be sent either directly to you or to your selected healthcare provider who provided treatment. For payment to be made directly to your healthcare provider, you must authorize an assignment of benefit during each claim submission. You are not obligated to assign your BOTOX® Savings Program benefit to your healthcare provider to participate in the program. 8. Allergan reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this offer without notice. 9. Offer good only in the USA, including Puerto Rico, at participating retail locations. 10. Void where prohibited by law, taxed, or restricted. 11. This offer is not health insurance.12. By participating in the BOTOX® Savings Program, you acknowledge that you are an eligible patient and that you understand and agree to comply with the terms and conditions of this offer.


For questions about this program, please call 1-800-44-BOTOX.

Important Safety Information