Injections for Migraines

Injections for migraines provide an intense delivery of medication to the body for fast acting pain relief when a patient is not responding to other medications. An emergency room or outpatient setting can administer this form of treatment intramuscularly, intravenously or through an IV treatment already in place.

The most common injections for migraines include:

  • Botox: Botox injections are primarily used to treat those that suffer from tension-type headaches, which is a type of headache and migraine. Botox injections for chronic headaches and migraines were approved by the FDA in 2010 and are covered by some insurances.
  • Demerol: Used for moderate to severe migraine pain management, Demorol is a powerful treatment option. Because of its strong narcotic agent, it should only be used when other treatment options fail.
  • Toradol: Used to relieve moderately severe pain, toradol for migraine is prescribed when other medications have little to no effect. It’s frequently used in an injectible form for an emergency treatment for a severe migraine. Toradol is not a narcotic and is not habit-forming. However, toradol is used in combination with a narcotic to increase relief results.
  • Sarapin: Sarapin, a natural anti-inflammatory, is a sterile aqueous solution of soluble salts and has been proven to be an effective treatment for pain relief without the adverse side effects of steroids and other drugs.
    Migranal/dihydrogotamine (D.H.E. 45): Migranal is an ergot derivative medication and works by tightening the blood vessels in the brain to relieve migraine pain. D.H.E. 45 is the injection version of the drug.

In some instances, migraine injections are accompanied by other medications to aid in the reduction of nausea, brought on by severe migraine episodes.

Once a patient receives intravenous or migraine injections, they are monitored for a short period of time to ensure that no adverse reactions occur. Patients are instructed not to drive following a migraine injection due to the nature of the medication and should arrange for transportation.