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Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. Receives FDA Approval for Zembrace SymTouch (sumatriptan succinate) Injection for the Acute Treatment of Migraines

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

HYDERABAD, India & PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dr. Reddy's Laboratories (BSE: 500124, NSE: DRREDDY, NYSE: RDY) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zembrace™SymTouch™ (sumatriptan succinate) injection, a drug-device combination product intended for the treatment of acute migraine episodes, with or without aura, in adults who are inadequately managed with existing treatment regimens. Zembrace SymTouch is available as a prefilled, ready-to-use, single-dose disposable autoinjector containing 3 mg of sumatriptan, a selective 5-HT1B/ID receptor agonist. The injection is intended to be given subcutaneously.1 “We are pleased to have received FDA approval for Zembrace SymTouch,” said Raghav Chari, Executive Vice President, Proprietary Products Group at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. “Zembrace SymTouch is the first branded product in our Neurology portfo ... Read more

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FDA Approves Onzetra Xsail (sumatriptan nasal powder) for the Acute Treatment of Migraine

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., January 28, 2016 – Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Onzetra Xsail (sumatriptan nasal powder), formerly known as AVP-825, for the acute treatment of migraine with or without aura in adults. Onzetra Xsail is an intranasal medication delivery system consisting of a low-dose (22mg) of sumatriptan powder that is delivered utilizing the novel Xsail™ Breath Powered Delivery Device. Onzetra Xsail is a fast-acting dry powder formulation of sumatriptan, the most commonly prescribed migraine medication. “While there are many acute migraine treatment options available, more than 70% of patients are not fully satisfied with their current migraine treatment. Given this high dissatisfaction, there remains an unmet need to provide patients with fast-acting, well tolerated therapies that deliver consistent re ... Read more

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Migraines May Worsen as Menopause Approaches

Posted 22 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2016 – For women who suffer migraines, the frequency of these debilitating headaches seems to increase as they approach menopause, a new study finds. "Changes in female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone that occur during the perimenopause might trigger increased headaches during this time," said study co-author Dr. Richard Lipton. He is director of the Montefiore Headache Center and vice chair of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. The new research included more than 3,600 women who suffered migraines before and during menopause. The risk of high-frequency migraines (10 or more a month) rose 60 percent during the transitional time into menopause marked by irregular menstrual cycles (perimenopause). The risk of migraine was highest during the later stage of perimenopause, when women have low levels of estrogen, the study found. ... Read more

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Marijuana May Help Treat, Prevent Migraines, Study Says

Posted 16 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2016 – Marijuana may give relief to migraine sufferers, a new study suggests. The research included 121 people diagnosed with migraines and treated with medical marijuana between January 2010 and September 2014. Overall, the patients' number of migraines fell from just over 10 to less than five per month, which is statistically and clinically significant, the researchers said. "There was a substantial improvement for patients in their ability to function and feel better," senior author Laura Borgelt, a professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, said in a university news release. "Like any drug, marijuana has potential benefits and potential risks. It's important for people to be aware that using medical marijuana can also have adverse effects," she added. While the results were "quite remarkable," ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keeping Kids in Pain Comfortable

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Pain may slow a child's recovery from illness or injury. Medication can help, but there are other ways to keep kids comfortable. The University of Michigan Health System advises: Offer plenty of love, comfort and support. Soothe your child with extra hugs and cuddles. Keep your child calm and don't let him or her feel anxious, which can worsen pain. Try heat therapy or cold packs, soothing music or gentle massage. Read more

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Asthma Linked to Chronic Migraines in Some People

Posted 11 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 – People with asthma may be more than twice as likely to develop chronic migraines as those without breathing troubles, a new study suggests. The research included about 4,500 Americans. At the start of the study in 2008, the study volunteers had fewer than 15 migraines a month. One year later, the researchers looked to see how many had chronic migraine – 15 or more migraines a month. More than 5 percent of people with asthma developed chronic migraine. Just 2.5 percent of those without asthma ended up with chronic migraines, the study found. "If you have asthma along with episodic or occasional migraine, then your headaches are more likely to evolve into a more disabling form known as chronic migraine," said lead author Dr. Vincent Martin. Martin is a professor of medicine and co-director of the Headache and Facial Pain Program at the University of Cincinnati. ... Read more

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Playing Contact Sports in Youth May Raise Risk for Degenerative Brain Disease

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 – National Football League football players may not be the only ones who can develop a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated concussions during decades of play, a new study suggests. Even men who only played an amateur contact sport during their youth may face an increased risk for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a devastating brain condition that can affect thinking, memory, behavior and mood, Mayo Clinic researchers report. To come to this conclusion, the researchers analyzed the brains of 66 men who had donated their organs to the Mayo Clinic Brain Bank and participated in sports such as football, rugby, wrestling, boxing and basketball while in school. Their brains were compared to the brains of 198 people, including 66 women, who never played contact sports. CTE was found in the brains of a third of the men who played amateur contact sports. ... Read more

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Sleepwalkers Feel No Pain When Injured: Study

Posted 6 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 – Some sleepwalkers don't feel pain when they suffer an injury – even a severe one – during a sleepwalking episode, a new study finds. But sleepwalkers are at increased risk for headaches and migraines when they're awake, the researchers added. The researchers assessed 100 sleepwalkers and a control group of 100 people with normal sleep habits, and found that the sleepwalkers were nearly four times more likely to suffer headaches and 10 times more likely to suffer migraines. Among the 47 who had suffered at least one injury during sleepwalking, 79 percent said they did not feel pain at the time and remained asleep despite the injury, according to the study in the November issue of the journal Sleep. "Our most surprising result was the lack of pain perception during the sleepwalking episodes," principal investigator Regis Lopez, a psychiatrist and sleep medicine ... Read more

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Beware Safety Risks Posed by 'Off-Label' Drug Use

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – "Off-label" drug use puts patients at risk for serious side effects, especially when scientific evidence is lacking, a new study finds. Physicians prescribe "off-label" when they recommend drugs for uses that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It's a common and legal practice. It's also hard to track, because U.S. doctors aren't required to document the reason for prescribing a treatment. But in what may be the most extensive review of the practice to date, a Canadian-U.S. research team found reason for concern. Patients prescribed off-label drugs without strong scientific evidence were 54 percent more likely to experience an adverse event, such as a drug reaction, drug interaction or allergic response, forcing them to stop taking the drugs, the study found. "We are not saying that off-label is bad," said Dr. Tewodros Eguale, who led ... Read more

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Blood Test Might One Day Help Spot Migraines

Posted 9 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 – Researchers report that measuring levels of certain fats in the bloodstream might one day help spot women at high risk for migraines. "While more research is needed to confirm these initial findings, the possibility of discovering a new biomarker for migraine is exciting," wrote study author Dr. B. Lee Peterlin, associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. In the study, the researchers assessed 52 women with episodic migraine (average of nearly six migraines a month) and 36 women who did not have the debilitating headaches. Blood samples from the women were checked for fats called ceramides, which help regulate energy and brain inflammation. Women with episodic migraines had lower levels of ceramides than those who did not have headaches. Every standard deviation increase in ceramide levels was associated with ... Read more

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Severe Headache During Pregnancy May Signal Trouble

Posted 20 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – A severe headache can sometimes be a warning sign that a pregnant woman and her fetus are in danger, researchers report. "Headaches during pregnancy are quite common, but it is not always easy to distinguish between a recurring, preexisting migraine condition and a headache caused by a pregnancy complication," lead author Dr. Matthew Robbins, director of inpatient services at Montefiore's Headache Center in New York City, said in a Montefiore news release. "Our study suggests that physicians should pay close attention when a pregnant woman presents with a severe headache, especially if she has elevated blood pressure or lack of past headache history," added Robbins, chief of neurology at Weiler Hospital. Robbins is also an associate professor of clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. The researchers found that these women ... Read more

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Headaches Are Common in Kids, Teens

Posted 14 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2015 – A number of things can trigger headaches in children and teens, a pediatrician says. About 10 percent of school-aged children and up to 27 percent of teens have headaches from time to time, according to Dr. Nick DeBlasio, a pediatrician in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Pediatric Primary Care Clinic. One of the leading causes of headaches in children and teens is not drinking enough fluids, especially when youngsters are active outside during warm weather. The cure in this case might be as simple as having your child drink more water. Missing a meal can also trigger a headache. Parents need to make sure their children eat a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Too much caffeine and certain foods can also cause a headache, DeBlasio said. Lack of sleep is another potential headache trigger. Middle and high school students ... Read more

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Older Smokers With Migraines May Face Added Stroke Risk

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Older smokers who experience migraines appear to be at increased risk of stroke, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 1,300 people, average age 68, who suffered migraine headaches with and without aura. Migraine with aura is a migraine that's preceded or accompanied by visual effects such as flashes of light or blind spots, or by tingling in the hands or face. The study participants were followed for an average of 11 years to see how many had a heart attack or stroke. The findings were published online July 22 in the journal Neurology. The researchers did not find an association between migraine and the risk of either heart attack or stroke in nonsmokers. But among smokers, migraine was associated with a threefold increased risk of stroke. However, even though the study found an association between migraine and stroke risk in smokers, it did not ... Read more

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Childhood Trauma Tied to Migraine Risk as Adult

Posted 3 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 3, 2015 – Experiencing a traumatic event during childhood may raise the risk for migraines as an adult, new Canadian research suggests. "We found the more types of violence the individual had been exposed to during their childhood, the greater the odds of migraine," study author Sarah Brennenstuhl, from the University of Toronto, said in a university news release. "For those who reported all three types of adversities – [witnessing] parental domestic violence, childhood physical and sexual abuse – the odds of migraine were a little over three times higher for men and just under three times higher for women," Brennenstuhl said. The findings were reported online recently in the journal Headache. To reach their conclusions, researchers looked at data from a mental health survey involving nearly 23,000 men and women over the age of 18. "The most surprising finding was the ... Read more

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Migraine's Link to Higher Heart Disease Risk May Not Be Genetic

Posted 2 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 – People who have migraines have a greater risk for heart disease, but their genes may not be to blame for the connection, new research suggests. Scientists looked at two large studies that pinpointed genetic variations that can increase the risk for migraine and heart disease. The first study included almost 20,000 people with migraine and more than 55,000 people who didn't have these severe headaches. The second study involved more than 21,000 people with heart disease and just over 63,000 people who didn't. Led by Dr. Aarno Palotie, of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Boston, the researchers tried to find shared genetic variants in people with migraines and heart disease. But they found no common gene variations between migraine with aura and heart disease – even though evidence suggests these patients have a greater risk for heart disease than those ... Read more

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