Navigation Links
New Migraine Drug Might Be Safer for Some
Date:4/22/2010

And an old standby might help prevent headache from starting up, report finds

THURSDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) -- A drug under development could help patients with migraines, while an existing epilepsy drug might prevent the headaches from developing in the first place, new research suggests.

The report, published April 21 in The Lancet, examines the migraine drug telcagepant, which is not yet available, and topiramate (Topamax), an epilepsy drug sometimes used to treat migraines when they occur.

Telcagepant relieves pain in a similar way to the drugs known as triptans that are used to treat migraine. But it doesn't cause blood vessels to constrict, a troublesome side effect for people with heart disease, the report says.

Triptans often don't work, and they can cause side effects like dizziness, throat tightness, chest discomfort and numbness. For its part, telcagepant can cause side effects like dry mouth, dizziness, nausea and drowsiness.

Telcagepant is a "promising compound," writing the study authors, but add that further investigation is needed.

Also in the report, the authors say topiramate is showing promise as a preventive treatment for migraines. It's cost-effective and typically leads to weight loss instead of weight gain, they report.

The authors write that the drug "should especially be considered for adult patients who are overweight, or have epilepsy or a contraindication to beta blockers. It is generally safe and well-tolerated. Thus topiramate is an important drug for difficult cases."

The report authors are Dr. Lars Edvinsson of University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, and Dr. Mattias Linde of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about migraine headaches.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, April 21, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Uninsured get poor care for migraine: Harvard study
2. Finding Good Migraine Care a Headache for the Uninsured
3. New Hope for Migraine Patients
4. Chronic Migraines Take a Greater Toll
5. Migraine More Common in Women with MS
6. Migraine Tied to Raised Multiple Sclerosis Risk
7. Botox May Prevent Some Migraines
8. Migraine Linked to Increased Heart Attack Risk
9. Migraine, Depression May Have Genetic Link
10. Study explains why light worsens migraine headaches
11. Why Light Hurts During Migraines
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/21/2017)... City, NY (PRWEB) , ... August 22, 2017 ... ... honors Judith I. Stevens as a 2017-2018 inductee into its ... for leadership in entrepreneurship. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... ... FCPX LUT Monochromatic Volume 2 is an all-new Look-Up Table color-grading pack ... to footage. A LUT is a Lookup Table that contains a mathematical formula for ... by the table. This pack comes with 60 different monochromatic CUBE LUT files. , ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... August 21, 2017 , ... Five chefs from local senior ... Alzheimer’s Family Center. , Guests will be able to vote for their favorite ... Lamb Shank with Fennel Dill Salad, Feta Cheese Sauce & Garlic Pita Crisp, Greek ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... August 21, 2017 , ... Duncan Insurance Agency debuts ... people of Michigan. The new initiative fundraises for the Kalamazoo Humane Society (KHS), ... of animal protection and welfare by addressing the root causes of pet overpopulation. ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... August 21, 2017 , ... PIXACORE , an independent full-service agency ... Top 100 agencies of the year by MM&M. , This is the first time ... important milestone for the agency. PIXACORE’s newfound recognition reflects its steady trajectory of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/17/2017)... Laboratories, LLC Chief Science Officer, Dr. Adam Elhofy , will be ... Cell-Ess® Universal Titer Boost at the 9 th annual ... The Bioprocessing Summit convenes more than 1,000 international bioprocess professionals to share ... Cell-Ess ... Cell-Ess is the world,s ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... Aug. 15, 2017 Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: ... Michigan residents. Naloxone is ... retail pharmacy, G-3320 Beecher Road. ... Food and Drug Administration, is intended to block or ... breathing, and loss of consciousness. The medication is often ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... N.C. , Aug. 15, 2017 AccuGenomics, ... NC , today announced that the company has ... the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and ... is designed to characterize and quantify HIV reservoir and ... after pharmacological intervention. The HIV Cure Center is a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: