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Non-Drug Migraine Treatments Often Ignored

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 – Many migraine sufferers skip recommended behavioral treatments, such as stress management and talk therapy, a new study finds. Lack of time, cost and skepticism are among the reasons why, said Dr. Mia Minen, director of research for NYU Langone's headache division in New York City. Previous studies have shown that treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, stress ...

Trials Report Galcanezumab Shows Promise At Preventing Migraines

Posted 29 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – Migraine sufferers could soon turn to a number of new medications to avoid their crippling headaches. Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Aimovig (erenumab), the first migraine prevention drug ever developed. On its heels comes a successful trial of the migraine prevention drug galcanezumab. Galcanezumab cut in half the number of days that ...

FDA Approves Aimovig (erenumab), The First Drug Aimed at Preventing Migraines

Posted 18 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 – The millions of Americans who suffer from migraine may have a new source of hope – the first drug aimed at preventing the headaches gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval on Thursday. Researchers have found that the injected drug, called Aimovig (erenumab), can prevent migraines if other treatments have failed to do so. "Aimovig provides patients with a novel ...

Aimovig Approved to Prevent Migraines

Posted 18 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 – Aimovig (erenumab-aooe) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent migraine headaches in adults. Aimovig is the first FDA-approved preventive migraine treatment in a new class of drugs that work by blocking the activity of calcitonin gene-related peptide, a molecule involved in migraine attacks, the agency said in a news release. "We need new ...

FDA Approves Aimovig (erenumab-aooe) as a Preventive Treatment for Migraine

Posted 18 May 2018 by Drugs.com

May 17, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Aimovig (erenumab-aooe) for the preventive treatment of migraine in adults. The treatment is given by once-monthly self-injections. Aimovig is the first FDA-approved preventive migraine treatment in a new class of drugs that work by blocking the activity of calcitonin gene-related peptide, a molecule that is involved in migraine ...

The Cold Truth About Migraine Headaches

Posted 3 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 – Early humans' ability to adapt to cold climates may have been helped by a genetic variant that's common in modern people who live in colder regions – and is linked with migraine headaches, researchers say. Within the last 50,000 years, humans left Africa and colonized cold areas in Asia, Europe, and other parts of the world. And this colonization could have triggered ...

New Therapy Aimovig (erenumab) in Development to Prevent Tough-to-Treat Migraines

Posted 18 Apr 2018 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 5 Apr 2018 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 ...

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