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Enough is enough.
People have been coping with migraine for too long. But, enough is enough. Now it's time to prevent migraine and regain control of the monster that dictates life. Tame Your Migraine is all about rebalancing the power, because now you can ask your specialist for the right preventive treatment. It’s no longer about just getting through it.
Take a look at the film, complete the assessment below and review the frequently asked questions. By interrogating and understanding your migraine, together you and your specialist can tame your migraine.
People have been coping with migraine for too long. But, enough is enough. Now it's time to prevent migraine and regain control of the monster that dictates life. Tame Your Migraine is all about rebalancing the power, because now you can ask your specialist for the right preventive treatment.
Take a look at the film, complete the assessment and review the frequently asked questions below. By interrogating and understanding your migraine, together you and your specialist can tame your migraine.
Assess your migraine,
then Tame it
Migraine strikes everyone in different ways making it hard to explain or treat. But there are preventive treatments that can help you regain control. Share your answers to these quick questions with your specialist, then together you can find a preventive treatment that could help you tame your migraine.
Are you currently taking a preventive treatment for migraine?
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How many preventive treatments have you tried?
How many migraine-affected days do you currently experience each month?
How many days each month do you take acute medication for migraine?
If you are still experiencing a number of migraine days each month and/or you regularly need to take acute medication, your migraine may not be controlled. It’s time to tame your migraine – ask your specialist about your different preventive treatment options.
DISCLAIMER: This assessment is intended for adults who are affected by migraine. The information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease.
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Watch the film
This film has been created to reflect the way migraine is often described as a creeping, stalking monster that lies in wait, ready to destroy everyday moments. But as you’ll see, that monster can be tamed with preventive treatments.
There’s no cure for migraines, but there are treatments and techniques that can help make migraines more manageable.
There are two kinds of medications: preventative and acute.
1. Preventative Migraine Medications
The goal of preventative therapies is to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks. There are seven prescription medications currently available in Canada specifically for the prevention of migraine attacks:
- Indication: Aimovig is used to prevent migraines in adults who have at least 4 migraine days per month.
- Possible side effects of Aimovig include signs and symptoms of pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site (injection site reactions), constipation, muscle spasm, itching, an, allergic reactions such as rash or swelling or sometimes, difficulty breathing.
- Indication: Ajovy is used for the prevention of migraine in adults who have at least 4 migraine days per month.
- Very common side effects may include mild to moderate, short-lasting skin reactions around the injection area (pain, localized hardening of the skin, raised red or purple skin patches, redness of skin, severe itching at the injection site). Common side effects may include itching at the injection site. Uncommon side effects may include rash at the injection site (hives, rash, dizziness, fatigue, gastrointestinal discomfort, joint pain, back pain).
- Indication: Botox is used to prevent headaches in adults with chronic migraine who have 15 or more days each month with headache that last 4 or more hours each day
- Common events reported in patients being treated for chronic migraine are headache, facial muscle weakness, drooping of the eyelids, muscle spasm, muscle tightness, injection pain, and rash.
- Indication: Emgality is a medicine used to prevent migraine in adults who have at least 4 migraine days per month.
- Common side effects of Emgality are constipation, dizziness. itching, rash or injection site reactions such as itching, redness, swelling or pain.
- Indication: Flunarizine is used to prevent migraine in adults with frequent and severe attacks, who have not responded satisfactorily to other treatment and/or in whom other therapy has resulted in unacceptable side effects.
- Common side effects reported with flunarizine in migraine patients are drowsiness and weight gain. The most serious side effect reported was depression.
- Indication: Sandomigran is used to prevent migraines in adults.
- The most common side effects of Sandomigran are increased appetite, weight gain, drowsiness, nausea, dry mouth, fatigue, and dizziness.
- Indication: Topamax is used to prevent migraine in adults who have 4 or more attacks per month and are not responding to acute treatment.
- The most common side effects of Topamax are co-ordination problems, difficulty concentrating, slow thinking, confusion and forgetfulness, dizziness, tiredness, tingling, headache, upper respiratory tract infection, and drowsiness.
Your doctor will determine if you are a suitable candidate for any of these medications.
2. Acute Migraine Treatments
The goals of these acute treatments are to relieve the pain and/or associated symptoms like nausea and sensitivity to light. Make sure to take your acute treatment as soon as you feel the migraine attack starting.
Common acute treatments include:
Pain medications (requiring or not a prescription) :
Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) – e.g ibuprofen, naproxen
- Indication: Ibuprofen is indicated for fast and effective relief of headache pain including mild to moderate migraine and tension headache.
- The most common side effects encountered with NSAIDs are gastrointestinal (such as indigestion, heartburn, upset stomach, stomach pain), of which gastric or duodenal ulcer is the most severe.
- Indication: Naproxen relieves migraine pain.
- The most common adverse events that occurred with Naproxen were dyspepsia, nausea, heartburn, abdominal pain, dizziness, headache, and lightheadedness.
Migraine specific medications such as:
- Indication: Imitrex is used for the acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura, in adults.
- The most common side effects of Imitrex are sensations of heaviness, flushing, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness, weakness, pain, pressure or tightness in any part of the body, and unusual sensations including numbness, tingling, heat/burning, or cold.
- Indication: Maxalt is used for acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura, in adults.
- Common side effects of Maxalt are sensations of pain, pressure, or tightness in the chest, neck, throat, jaw, or arms, tingling, heat, heaviness or pressure, dizziness, tiredness, or feeling sick, drowsiness, and irregular or rapid heartbeats
- Indication: Axert is used for the acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura, in adults.
- The most common side effects of Axert are nausea, sleepiness, dizziness, tingling sensation, headache, and dry mouth.
- Indication: Zomig is used for the acute treatment of migraine attacks, with or without aura, in adults.
- Common side effects of Zomig are disturbed taste, feeling sick, vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, weakness, drowsiness, muscle aches and pains, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, headache, and stomach pain.
- Indication: Relpax is used for the acute treatment of migraine with or without aura in adults.
- Common side effects of Relpax are sensations of pain, pressure or tightness in the chest, neck, throat, jaw, or arms; shortness of breath, wheezing, heart throbbing, weakness, dizzinesss, feeling sleepy or drowsy, tingling, difficulty swallowing, nausea, and stomach pain/cramps.
- Indication: Frova is used for the acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura in adults.
- The most common side effects associated with Frova are dizziness, fatigue, headache, and tingling.
- Indication: Amerge is used for the acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura in adults.
- Common side effects with Amerge are ear, nose, and throat infections, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, and feeling tired or unwell. Unusual sensations, including numbness, tingling, or feeling hot or pain in any part of the body, including chest, neck, jaw and throat.
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Alternative Treatments for Migraine
Not everyone wants to take medication and that’s totally fine. There are alternative or complementary therapies you can consider, such as:
- dietary therapy
- relaxation therapy
- therapeutic massage and yoga
If you feel your current medication isn’t giving you enough migraine control, talk to your doctor to explore your options.