The first medicine developed to prevent migraines was recently approved (in May of 2018) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These new medications will change the way migraines are treated… and many patients describe these medications as life-changing. Here at PRI we want to extend our gratitude to the volunteers who worked with us diligently over the last several years to bring this new drug class to fruition. It is our hope that patients with unmet need for migraine relief will be able to access these treatments and will find significant improvement in their lives.
Migraine headaches are painful, throbbing headaches that last from 4 to 72 hours. When you have a migraine, it may be so painful that you are not able to do your usual activities; 90% of people can't function normally with a migraine headache. While about 30 million Americans are affected by migraines, women are three times more likely than men to suffer from them.
Certain triggers may cause a migraine to start. Your triggers may be different from someone else's. Some of the common triggers include:
- Not eating.
- Poor sleep habits.
- A change from your normal routine.
- Red wine.
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG).
- Strong odors.
Often times becoming familiar with one's individual headache pattern and triggers can go a long way in preventing attacks. Headache experts also recommend having regular mealtimes, waking up at the same time each morning, not smoking, avoiding excessive caffeine, and regular exercise.