Fda approves first of new migraine drugs – explaining medicine antiemetic drugs in pakistan

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Aimovig is a monoclonal antibody given as a shot for people who have four or more migraine days each month. The FDA evaluated results of three patient studies in making its approval. In those studies, patients on average had one to 2 ½ fewer monthly migraine days either over six months or three months.

“We’ve believed for a long time that CGRP played a very important role in migraine, and part of the reason we believed that is because when people get a migraine attack, we can measure elevations of CGRP in their blood,” says Richard Lipton, MD, director of the Montefiore Headache Center.


CGRP doesn’t trigger migraine, but it “dials up the volume” on headache pain. “It makes the nerve cells more sensitive to pain input. It’s as if you have a radio and you turn the volume up and up and up,” says Stephen Silberstein, MD, director of the Jefferson University Headache Center in Philadelphia. “If you block CGRP, you turn the volume down.”

“You can think of the CGRP molecule as a key that unlocks a door to activate a particular brain mechanism, and you can think of the receptor as the lock the key fits into,” says Lipton, who’s also the Edwin S. Lowe professor and vice chairman of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. It’s possible that if a CGRP-targeting drug doesn’t work for someone, a drug that targets the receptor might, he says.

” Monoclonal antibodies are designed to prevent migraine attacks from occurring. They don’t necessarily prevent every attack, because there are attacks that can break through. But they reduce the frequency of these episodes,” says David Dodick, MD, a Mayo Clinic neurologist and chairman of the American Migraine Foundation. Dodick co-authored the Aimovig research and consulted on the study design with its manufacturer.

Side effects from the new CGRP drugs are generally mild, including pain and redness where you get the shot and nasal congestion. “They seem to be very well tolerated, and that’s likely to lead to better adherence and better outcomes for patients,” Dodick says.

The new drugs also work faster than current preventive medicines. “For most of the available drugs, you have to start at a low dose and gradually escalate the dose until the treatment becomes effective,” Lipton says. That process can take 1 to 3 months. People who take the monoclonal antibodies see effects within a few days to a week. Possible Risks

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“The big unanswered question is concerns over safety in pregnancy,” she says. CGRP levels are lower than normal in pregnant women who have high blood pressure ( preeclampsia). The worry is that biologics could trigger high blood pressure during pregnancy by reducing CGRP activity.

“There is also a worry that they might cause high blood pressure in people who take them for long periods of time,” she says. Because researchers have only studied these drugs for a few years, it’s hard to know what long-term side effects they might cause. CGRP receptors are also found in your kidneys, pancreas, adrenal glands, and bones, and it’s not clear how the drugs will affect them after long-term use.

A study presented at the 2018 American Academy of Neurology annual meeting offers evidence that these drugs might work for people who haven’t found relief with other drugs. In the study, more than twice as many patients who’d failed at two to four other migraine treatments had their migraine days cut by at least 50% with Aimovig, compared with placebo (a treatment with dummy medicine that has no effect).

Two of these drugs — rimegepant (Zydis) and ubrogepant — are in phase III studies, the final study needed before the FDA can consider its approval. A few other drugs that work in the same way were in development, but their manufacturers discontinued them because of concerns about liver damage.

Another new drug in the migraine pipeline is lasmiditan. It works the same way as triptans. But unlike the triptans, it doesn’t constrict blood vessels, so it avoids some of the heart-related side effects. Its manufacturer, Eli Lilly, plans to submit a new drug application to the FDA in the second half of 2018.

The variety of new migraine drugs on the way could give people with migraine more options and make treatment success more likely. “Migraine is really more than one disease,” Lipton says. “The reason one person responds to treatment and not another may be due to fundamental biological differences we have not yet discovered.”