A New Drug Class Can Stop Some Migraines From Starting

Published July 25th, 2017 by USA Rx
Fact Checked by
Chris Riley

A New Drug Class Can Stop Some Migraines From StartingMigraines are like normal headaches on steroids. A normal headache can get in your way and make it hard to concentrate on anything else, but a migraine can make it hard to move around at all or stay in a brightly lit location. A migraine can make your entire head and even your eyes hurt, and it can mess with your senses to the point where you can’t tell what’s going on even if you do manage to push through the pain and concentrate on anything else.

Migraines can be the result of many conditions, but doctors have noticed that many sufferers of chronic migraines see a spike in calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) levels during an attack. That’s why medical researchers have developed a new class of drugs that stop the body from releasing this molecule. The idea is that if CGRP levels don’t go up, then migraines won’t happen. That’s why the new drug is a monthly injection and not something you take in response to a migraine like a painkiller.

So far, the results are looking good. Many of the patients who are part of the study have seen the number of monthly migraines go down by an average of three or four. While that isn’t enough to call the new drug a cure when the average number of migraines for chronic sufferers is 10-15, any amount of relief is welcome to those who have to deal with migraines. Some patients even see their monthly migraine count drop to one or two.

But what’s even more important than the effectiveness of this drug, in particular, is the fact that another drug in this new category could potentially be much more effective and stop migraines from happening in the first place. Up until now, the only kind of migraine medication has been prescription pain relievers and other pain reducers, so a drug that can stop migraines from happening in the first place is a big step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, while this new medication is cheap compared to some other new drugs, that still means that a set of monthly injections can cost over $10,000. Many health plans should cover this treatment, but depending on how it works you still might get a better deal if you have a USA Rx pharmacy discount card.

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