Will Aimovig work for me?
Summary of the results from published randomized controlled trials See below the table for comments and how to read it. 50% RR 75% RR Episodic migraine STRIVE (70, 140 mg) 5/10 2/10 Episodic migraine ARISE (70 mg) 4/10 NA Refractory EPISODIC (fail 2-4 preventive) LIBERTY…
CoQ10 and L-carnitine for migraine: a new study suggests a benefit
In a new study realized by researchers in Iran, a combination of coenzyme Q10 and L-carnitine was found to be effective for episodic migraine prevention, with 10% of constipation and stomach ache side effects. Let’s look at some details! What are the natural supplements recommended…
CGRP antibodies: practical details on access
We need better options for migraine prevention. And, thanks to the persistent researchers who worked so hard on CGRP, we now have a new class of medications, CGRP antibodies. Below is a table of the drugs with the doses, the brand names, and the…
Fed up of pills? Here is a short summary on Single Pulse Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to treat migraine.
These days, there is a pill for everything, and as many patients soon discover, there is often more than onepill for everything. While pharmacology remains a cornerstone of modern medicine, no therapeutic option is perfect. Many patients are often left feeling as if they’re making a…
NEW RESEARCH: Forget the ketogenic diet… use ketone supplements instead!
(This article is not focusing on ketogenic diet but on research on ketone supplements) The interest for diets to treat migraine is a constant. Low histamine, rich in magnesium, gluten and lactose free…of course the variability of migraine forbids any «one size fits all» approach,…
Behavioral Therapy for Migraines
Author: Claire Sandoe, MD, FRCPC, Headache Fellow If you have previously seen a headache specialist, you may have been instructed to try relaxation techniques — but why? Some patients think that this means their doctor is blaming their headaches on stress. Ongoing research indicates that…
Cannabinoid Chemistry Update
Author: Alexander Melinyshin, MD, FRCPC On October 17, 2018, recreational marijuana was legalised Canada-wide, however modern medical use of marijuana and its derivatives has been ongoing since 1999. With more and more Canadians wanting to try it for an ever-expanding array of applications, cannabis has…
The traffic light system
A simple way to think about your headaches, using the Canadian Headache Society Guidelines, which stratifies medication choices based on headache severity. The traffic light system is based on the associated disability of the migraine attack: Green: “I can still go” headache Yellow: “I have…
Barriers to Behavioral treatment
Relaxation, mindfulness, biofeedback for migraine…. it’s all great but why is it so difficult to stick to it? More skills, less pills. For many people with migraine, avoiding medications is a priority.And good news, many options are available to control migraines without medications. Diets seem…
New evidence presented in favour of Vitamin D for migraine prevention
Author: Claire Sandoe, MD, FRCPC, Headache Fellow Many patients share a desire for non-medication strategies to help improve their migraines. A recently published study suggests that Vitamin D may be added to the list of potentially beneficial supplements. Past research about the role…
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