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Erenumab (Aimovig), A New Therapy, May Prevent Tough-to-Treat Migraines

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 – The millions of Americans who suffer from migraine may have a new source of hope – the first of a new class of drugs that harness the immune system to ward off the headaches. Researchers found that the injected drug, called erenumab, could prevent migraines if other treatments fail to do so. Erenumab (brand name Aimovig) works by blocking a key brain "neurotransmitter" ...

'Magnetic Pulse' Device May Be New Way to Prevent Migraines

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 – Self-administered magnetic pulses from a hand-held device may help head off debilitating migraines, researchers report. This new way to approach migraine headaches is called "single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation" (sTMS). Neurologists and psychiatrists have long used the technology to diagnose and treat patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had ...

Migraines Tied to Higher Heart Trouble Risk

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – Migraine sufferers might have to worry about more than just dealing with debilitating headaches. Migraine patients could also face an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and irregular heart rates, a new study suggests. The risk to heart health appears to be strongest in the first year after diagnosis of migraine, but persists for as long as two ...

Another Legacy of Terror Attacks: Migraines

Posted 13 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – Survivors of terror attacks may be at risk of developing frequent migraines or tension-type headaches, a new study suggests. Norwegian researchers examined the aftermath of a 2011 terrorist attack on a summer camp in Norway that left 69 people dead and 33 severely wounded. Most of the dead were teenagers. The investigators followed more than 200 of the young survivors, ...

New Migraine Drugs, Erenumab and Fremanezumab, Show Promise

Posted 30 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – Two new migraine drugs have shown promise in late-stage clinical trials. The drugs were designed specifically to target a pathway believed to be important in these headaches. In stage 3 clinical trials, the drugs were found to work exceptionally well for some people, but not as well for others. Still, headache experts are enthused about the new research. "It's exciting ...

Why a Headache Feels So Draining

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – For many people, nothing's more draining than a throbbing headache or toothache. Scientists now think they know why. In experiments with mice, researchers at Duke University found that sensory neurons in the head and face are directly linked to one of the brain's main emotional signaling hubs. Sensory neurons in other parts of the body are only indirectly linked to ...

Botox May Offer New Hope for Young Migraine Sufferers

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – Botox injections may help bring relief to children suffering from migraines, a small study suggests. Botox (botulinum toxin) appears to reduce the frequency of migraines and shorten the length of episodes when they do occur, while also diminishing migraine pain. At the moment, Botox is only approved as an adult migraine treatment. And the new findings are based on testing ...

Skip Opioid Treatment for Migraine in the ER

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – For people seeking treatment for a migraine in the emergency room, a commonly prescribed opioid called hydromorphone (Dilaudid or Exalgo) doesn't seem to work as well as at least one other medication, a new study finds. "People go to U.S. emergency departments 1.2 million times a year with migraine, and the opioid drug hydromorphone is used in 25 percent of these ...

Migraine Matters

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Most headaches quickly respond to over-the-counter medications. But if you're among the millions of Americans with migraines, you struggle with a severe pounding that can make you nauseous and sensitive to light and sound. Women are three times more likely to get migraines than men, according to the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, but when ...

Non-Opioid Drug More Effective for Migraines: Study

Posted 19 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 – The drug prochlorperazine is more effective than the opioid hydromorphone in treating emergency room patients with acute migraine, a new study reports. Acute migraine – an intense, throbbing headache that may be accompanied by visual disturbances and sensitivity to light and sound – is a disabling condition that results in 1.2 million visits to U.S. emergency rooms each ...

Video Call May Be as Good as Doctor Visit for Headache

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Seeing a neurologist via video conference may be as effective as an in-person visit for people with headaches, researchers say. The new study included just over 400 headache patients in Norway who were referred by their primary care doctor to see a neurologist. Half of the patients had an in-person appointment with a neurologist, while the others consulted with the ...

New Drugs Show Promise as First to Prevent Migraine

Posted 9 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 – A host of new drugs that appear to prevent migraine headaches are in the final stages of testing and approval in the United States. "What's really exciting about this is that until this development, we have not had a migraine-specific preventive at all," said Dr. Peter Goadsby, a professor of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. These are the first ...

Migraine Warning Signs May Differ in Kids, Adults

Posted 8 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Fatigue and mood changes are the most common symptoms that occur before children develop migraines, a new study finds. These symptoms were seen in 41 percent of 185 children, aged 5 to 18, diagnosed with migraines. The two symptoms are also common in adults with migraines. But four other common pre-migraine symptoms in adults were insignificant in children: yawning, neck ...

FDA Approves Device to Help Curb Cluster Headaches

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – Cluster headaches, though rare, are among the most severe forms of headache a person can face. But there's new hope for at least some patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has approved a hand-held device to treat these attacks. The noninvasive device, called gammaCore, works to reduce cluster headache pain by transmitting mild electrical stimulation ...

A Healthier Weight May Mean Fewer Migraines

Posted 12 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 – Your weight just might influence your risk of migraine headaches, a new review finds. "Those with migraine and [their] doctors need to be aware that excessive weight and extreme weight loss are not good for [migraine sufferers], and that maintaining a healthy weight can decrease the risk of migraine," said study corresponding author Dr. B. Lee Peterlin. She is ...

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