If you suffer from migraine headaches, you know the misery of terrible one-sided head pain, nausea, and an inability to tolerate light or sound. Those who have recurrent migraines dread the possibility that they will trigger one somehow. Until fairly recently, physicians used drugs initially approved for other purposes to prevent migraines. However, calcium channel blockers, beta blockers topiramate and other such drugs do not work for everyone. That explains why some migraineurs are turning to a new type of medication for recurrent migraines.
Aimovig Cut Frequency of Recurrent Migraines:
Q. About a year ago, I learned about a new migraine medicine called Aimovig. I asked my neurologist if he could prescribe it, since I was averaging nine major headaches and 18 days off work each month.
At first, he was reluctant to prescribe Aimovig because it was so new. But all my other medications were barely working, so he finally agreed.
This drug changed my life. I inject it every 28 days and now average just one headache a month. That means a lot less missed work and a lot less suffering. I have experienced no side effects, and I hope others can benefit as I have.
A Whole New Class of Migraine Prevention Medicines:
A. Other readers have also reported substantial improvement with erenumab (Aimovig). The FDA has also approved two other injectable drugs in this class: fremanezumab (Ajovy) and galcanezumab (Emgality). They are for migraine prevention rather than treatment.
The autoinjectors can cost over $500 unless insurance covers them, as it frequently does. Side effects of Aimovig can include constipation, nausea, hair loss, muscle aches and joint pain.
Other readers have also reported benefit in reducing recurrent migraines.
For example, Kathy R. wrote:
“Aimovig is wonderful – cutting my migraines in half! I still take topiramate but at a lower dose.”
Jan is also enthusiastic:
“I have had chronic migraines for over 18 years. My doctors have prescribed most of the triptans with varying degrees of success, also, Botox, Cambria, and injectable Imitrex.
“I started Aimovig last August, using two self-injected shots every month. I also started ketamine infusions. Together they prevent nearly all my recurrent migraines. I do get random headaches but they rarely rise to the level of a migraine.”
To learn more about this intriguing new migraine medicine and other headache treatments, you may wish to listen to the free podcast of our interview with Dr. Jennifer Kriegler, director of the Headache Medicine Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. It is Show 1133: How Can You Overcome Migraine Headaches?