Johns Hopkins reports that for the first time ever, migraine headache relief comes in the form of a patch. The FDA has approved the Zecuity patch to treat acute migraine pain and nausea and it is expected to be available by the end of this year.
The patch delivers the commonly prescribed migraine drug sumatriptan (Imitrex) through the skin. The Zecuity patch wraps around the upper arm or thigh and looks like an Ace bandage. It is operated by battery and contains a computer chip, which allows it to intermittently release migraine medication over four hours using a mild electrical current.
Other forms of sumatriptan are already available to treat migraine pain, but the Zecuity patch is an option for people who can't swallow pills because of debilitating pain, tolerate the nasal spray's aftertaste or administer a self-injection without difficulty.
During clinical trials for the Zecuity patch, the most common side effect was irritation at the patch site. People with certain heart and vascular problems and those who take certain antidepressants shouldn't use Zecuity.
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