Are There Drugs That Can Help Prevent Migraine?

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If people have and this is variable, but let's say six or more attacks a month, we often talk about preventive drugs. And preventive drugs can be helpful, they don't prevent every attack, the average response is a 50% reduction in attacks and they usually take about six weeks to begin to work. So that it's important if we talk about preventative drugs that people stick with them.

The difficult part is that give someone a drug and the side effects are worse than the beginning when they don't work. So I'll give you an [xx], I'm going to give you this stuff, you'll have absolutely no benefits and lots of side effects, but over time you'll have fewer side effects than more benefits, so we have to get people to stick with it and understand that there'll be a latency period before we expect these drugs to work.

That's important for them to know because otherwise they'll come up and say I took three preventive drugs last week alone and they didn't work. The last preventive drug was probably 10 years ago, and so there's been a lot more technology in the acute treatment of migraine than there have been in the preventive treatment of migraines.

We're hoping that better target prevention or recognized in their products that we can describe to people, so better products than we have now.