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Noninvasive Devices May Help Migraines, FDA Says

Posted 22 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 – Two new prescription devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may provide some relief for people with migraine headaches who don't tolerate migraine medications well, according to a new study. One device – the Cefaly – is designed to prevent migraines, while the other device – the Cerena – is meant to be used when migraines first start, according to an FDA news release. "Patients have been looking for alternative migraine treatments. Because these devices aren't ingested or metabolized like drug therapies, they don't necessarily have the same types of side effects," Michael Hoffmann, a biomedical engineer with the FDA, said in the news release. Migraines involve severe pulsing or throbbing pain in one part of the head. These intense headaches can also cause people to develop nausea and vomiting as well as sensitivity to light and ... Read more

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Topamax Approval for Migraines Expanded to Younger Users

Posted 31 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 31, 2014 – U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the drug Topamax (topiramate) to prevent migraine headaches has been expanded to include adolescents 12 years to 17 years, the agency said Friday. It's the first migraine-prevention drug approved for adolescents, the FDA said in a news release. Topamax was first sanctioned in 1996 to prevent seizures, and was approved to prevent migraines in adults in 2004. Some 12 percent of the U.S. population has migraines, usually characterized by throbbing pain on one side of the head. Other symptoms may include nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Topamax was evaluated in clinical studies involving 103 adolescent migraine sufferers. The most common side effects included burning or prickling sensations in the extremities, upper respiratory infection, loss of appetite and abdominal pain. The drug increases the risk of ... Read more

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FDA Approves Topamax for Migraine Prevention in Adolescents

Posted 28 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

March 28, 2014 – Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Topamax (topiramate) for prevention (prophylaxis) of migraine headaches in adolescents ages 12 to 17. This is the first FDA approval of a drug for migraine prevention in this age group. The medication is taken on a daily basis to reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. Topamax was first approved by the FDA in 1996 to prevent seizures. It was approved for migraine prevention in adults in 2004. “Migraine headaches can impact school performance, social interactions, and family life,” said Eric Bastings, M.D., deputy director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Adding dosing and safety information for the adolescent age group to the drug’s prescribing information will help to inform health care professionals and patients in making treatment choices.” Abou ... Read more

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First Device Approved to Prevent Migraines

Posted 12 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 – The first device designed to prevent migraine headaches among adults has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Cefaly is a battery-powered, headband-like device that's worn across the forehead. It provides mild electrical stimulation to the trigeminal nerve, which has been associated with migraines, the agency said in a news release. The user may feel a tingling or massaging sensation where the applied electrode touches the skin. This is the first transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device approved to prevent pain, the FDA said. Migraines are characterized by intense throbbing on one side of the head, sometimes accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Untreated, the pain lasts four hours to 72 hours. Migraines are three times more common in women than men, the FDA said. The device is meant to be used only ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Valproate Anti-Seizure Products: Drug Safety Communication - Contraindicated for Pregnant Women for Prevention of Migraine Headaches

Posted 6 May 2013 by Drugs.com

Including valproate sodium (Depacon), divalproex sodium (Depakote, Depakote CP, and Depakote ER), valproic acid (Depakene and Stavzor), and their generics ISSUE: FDA is advising health care professionals and women that the anti-seizure medication valproate sodium and related products, valproic acid and divalproex sodium, are contraindicated and should not be taken by pregnant women for the prevention of migraine headaches. Based on information from a recent study, there is evidence that these medications can cause decreased IQ scores in children whose mothers took them while pregnant. Stronger warnings about use during pregnancy will be added to the drug labels, and valproate’s pregnancy category for migraine use will be changed from "D" (the potential benefit of the drug in pregnant women may be acceptable despite its potential risks) to "X" (the risk of use in pregnant women clearly o ... Read more

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Drugs Can Sometimes Prevent Migraines, but at a Cost

Posted 29 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 29 – People with severe or frequent migraines often turn to drugs to prevent them. But do the medications work? A new review of preventive treatments shows there is not much difference in the effectiveness of commonly prescribed drugs – they work for some people, in some cases. But there is wide variation in the amount and severity of side effects associated with the drugs. The researchers found that drugs worked better than inactive placebos in reducing monthly migraine attacks. They prevented half or more migraines in 200 to 400 people per 1,000 treated. But many of the medications had side effects so bothersome that sufferers frequently stopped taking them. That could be because none of the drugs used to prevent migraines was designed specifically for that purpose, explained Dr. Jason Rosenberg, director of the Johns Hopkins Headache Center. "So, it's not surprising ... Read more

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Health Tip: Have Your Headaches Evaluated

Posted 3 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

-- Headaches, especially when they occur suddenly and frequently, can signal a serious condition that requires more than an over-the-counter pain reliever. The Womenshealth.gov says your doctor should evaluate your head pain if you: Have headaches that occur several times per month and last for hours, or even days, at a time. Have headaches that interfere with school, work or home. Have headaches accompanied by vision changes, vomiting or nausea, numbness or tingling. Have headaches that cause pain around an ear or eye. Have headaches that are severe and are accompanied by a stiff neck. Have headaches accompanied by confusion, loss of alertness or convulsions. Have frequent headaches all of a sudden, when headaches used to be rare. Read more

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Health Tip: Preventing Headaches

Posted 2 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

-- The intense, throbbing pain of a migraine isn't always avoidable, but there are things you can do to help minimize your risk. The Womenshealth.gov website says these practices may help reduce your chances of getting a migraine: Eat a balanced diet with plenty of healthy foods. Lead a physically active lifestyle, making sure to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Practice relaxation exercises to help reduce stress. Get plenty of sleep. Minimize things that cause stress in your life. Read more

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Health Tip: Preventing Headaches

Posted 2 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

-- The intense, throbbing pain of a migraine isn't always avoidable, but there are things you can do to help minimize your risk. The Womenshealth.gov website says these practices may help reduce your chances of getting a migraine: Eat a balanced diet with plenty of healthy foods. Lead a physically active lifestyle, making sure to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Practice relaxation exercises to help reduce stress. Get plenty of sleep. Minimize things that cause stress in your life. Read more

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Migraine Guidelines: What Works, What Doesn't

Posted 23 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23 – Dozens of medications are available to prevent debilitating migraine headaches, but most migraine sufferers don't use them, a new study finds. "Approximately 40 percent of people with migraines need preventive treatment, and only about one-third of them are actually getting it," said Dr. Stephen D. Silberstein, co-author of new guidelines developed by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society. The drugs include prescription, over-the-counter and herbal medications. Which will work best "depends on the patient," said Silberstein, director of the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. The guidelines, published in the April 24 issue of Neurology, were scheduled for presentation at the academy's annual meeting in New Orleans, April 21 to 28. Dr. Brian M. Grosberg, director of the Montefiore Headache Center in ... Read more

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Regular Exercise Seems to Guard Against Migraine

Posted 12 Oct 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12 – Exercise can prevent migraines just as well as drugs or relaxation techniques, a new study from Sweden suggests. "Our conclusion is that exercise can act as an alternative to relaxations and [the migraine drug] topiramate when it comes to preventing migraines, and is particularly appropriate for patients who are unwilling or unable to take preventative medicines," study lead author Emma Varkey, a physiotherapist and doctoral student at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, said in a university news release. In the study, Varkey and colleagues evaluated 91 migraine patients over the course of three months. One-third of the patients were asked to exercise for 40 minutes three times each week. Another third of the participants performed relaxation techniques and the final third were prescribed topiramate. The researchers also followed up with the patients ... Read more

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Implantable Device May Help Ease Tough Migraines

Posted 23 Jun 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 23 – An implantable device hidden in the nape of the neck may mean more headache-free days for people with severe migraines that don't respond to other treatments, a new study suggests. More than 36 million Americans get migraine headaches, which are marked by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. Medication and lifestyle changes are the first-line treatments for migraine, but not everyone improves with these measures. The St. Jude Medical Genesis neurostimulator is a short, thin strip that is implanted behind the neck. A battery pack is then implanted elsewhere in the body. Activating the device stimulates the occipital nerve and can dim the pain of migraine headache. "There are a large number of patients for whom nothing works and whose lives are ruined by the daily pain of their migraine ... Read more

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Facial Surgery May Offer Long-Term Migraine Relief for Some

Posted 13 Feb 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 11 – Facial surgery to "deactivate" painful migraines may offer some patients long-lasting relief, a new study suggests. The vast majority of the study participants experienced partial relief from migraines, while one-third saw them disappear, the researchers reported. Specifically, based on the findings in 69 patients in the five-year follow-up study, 88 percent experienced an improvement in symptoms, 59 percent noted a substantial decrease in symptoms, and 29 percent had their migraine headaches eliminated, the study authors found. The research was published in the February issue of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Before surgery, patients were given Botox injections to identify which trigger sites caused the pain that they were experiencing. One surgery involved disruption to the frowning muscles in the forehead and relieving pressure on key nerves, the researchers ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep a Headache Diary

Posted 4 Jan 2011 by Drugs.com

-- If you suffer from migraines, identifying what you've been eating, drinking or doing can help you keep these painful headaches under control. The womenshealth.gov Web site suggests what to log in a headache diary: The date and time of the migraine. The activity you were doing and where you were when the pain began. A list of all foods and drinks consumed within 24 hours of when the migraine began. For women, the span of your menstrual cycle. Read more

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Scientists Discover Substance That Causes Pain

Posted 28 Apr 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 28 – The human body produces a substance similar to capsaicin – which makes chili peppers hot – at sites of pain, and blocking production of this substance can ease pain, a new study shows. The findings may lead to the development of non-addictive painkillers, according to the researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. In work with mice, the scientists found that a family of fatty acids called oxidized linoleic acid metabolites (OLAMs) play an important role in the biology of pain. "This is a major breakthrough in understanding the mechanisms of pain and how to more effectively treat it," senior investigator Kenneth Hargreaves, chair of the Department of Endodontics in the Dental School at the UT Health Sciences Center, said in an UT news release. "These data demonstrate, for the first time, that OLAMs constitute a new family of ... Read more

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