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A case demonstrating how a combination of Botox and erenumab can improve person’s quality of life: research from a Quebec team

Both Botox and CGRP antibodies can be effective for Chronic Migraine [1]. Still, 50 to 50% of patients do not get this response for Botox or CGRP antibodies. What if a combination was used? 

A team from Quebec City reports on a 52 years-old woman suffering from chronic migraine [1]. This woman had tried other preventives (amitriptyline [2], propranolol, duloxetine, candesartan, verapamil) and she was using a lot of acute meds (rizatriptan, fiorinal ¼, Gravol, Demerol, Tylenol and medical cannabis). 

Over a year and a half, she was treated with either Botox alone, Aimovig alone or a combination, with four phases. In the end, the conclusion was that the combination was required for her to be optimally controlled. 

The authors detail many arguments to support the combination of Botox and a monoclonal antibody. A post from Migraine Canada can be found here [4].

This case is only one case.

It is not a research on hundreds of people with elaborate statistics. It is not an ultimate proof. But this person’s story illustrates a few important things about people with chronic Migraine

<span style="font-weight: 400;">A migraine is a powerful headache that often happens with nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Migraines can last from 4 hours to 3 days, and sometimes longer.Most people start having migraine headaches between ages 10 and 40. But many women find that their migraines improve or disappear after age 50.</span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Référence : webmd.com, </span></i><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/migraines-headaches-migraines#1</span></i><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">  consulted on july 4</span></i><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">th</span></i><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">,2019.</span></i>
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Read the full article here [5]

Research makes a difference. We need more research on migraine and headaches in Canada! 

Stay tuned, as Migraine Canada may post calls for testimonials and stories about migraine treatments.