US approves 1st drug developed to prevent chronic migraines

/ 08:23 AM May 18, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. — United States regulators have approved the first drug designed to prevent chronic migraines.

Thursday’s action by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clears the monthly shot for sale. Aimovig (AIM’-oh-vig) is the first in a new class of long-acting drugs for preventing migraines. Three other shots are expected to win approval by next year, and several pills are being tested.


Current prevention treatments include pills originally developed for epilepsy and other conditions, and the wrinkle reducer Botox but many patients abandon them because they do not help much or cause serious side effects.

Migraines can cause disabling symptoms: throbbing headaches, nausea and vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.            /kga



TOPICS: Aimovig, Cure, drug, FDA, Health, Medicine, migraine, prevention, US
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.