The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved a new nasal spray for the treatment of migraines, providing a new option for the millions of Americans who suffer from these debilitating headaches.
The new medication, called Nurtec ODT (rimegepant), is a calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonist. CGRP is a molecule involved in migraine attacks, and by blocking its activity, Nurtec ODT can help alleviate symptoms such as severe headaches, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound.
What sets Nurtec ODT apart from other migraine medications is that it comes in the form of an orally disintegrating tablet that dissolves in the mouth, making it a convenient option for patients who have difficulty swallowing pills. Additionally, it can be taken anytime during a migraine attack, rather than having to be taken prophylactically.
Clinical trials have shown that Nurtec ODT can provide relief for migraine symptoms within an hour of administration, and the effects can last for up to 48 hours. This makes it a valuable option for patients who need fast relief from their migraines and who may not respond well to other medications.
The approval of Nurtec ODT is based on data from two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials involving over 1,300 patients with moderate to severe migraines. In both trials, Nurtec ODT was shown to be significantly more effective than placebo in reducing headache pain and other migraine symptoms.
Despite its effectiveness, Nurtec ODT is not without side effects. The most commonly reported adverse reactions include nausea, stomach discomfort, and indigestion. It is also not recommended for patients with severe liver or kidney problems.
In a press release announcing the approval of Nurtec ODT, Dr. Peter Goadsby, a neurologist and migraine specialist at King’s College London, said that the new medication is “a very welcome addition to the therapeutic options available for the acute treatment of migraine.”
Migraines are a common neurological condition that affects an estimated 39 million Americans. They are characterized by severe headaches that can last for hours or even days, as well as other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.
While there are several medications available to treat migraines, they are not always effective for all patients and can have side effects. The approval of Nurtec ODT provides a new option for those who suffer from migraines and may not have found relief with other treatments.