Drug promises end to migraine misery
I get killer migraines, and i’m insanely scent sensitive, so the following news is very important to me.
A British doctor is leading a drugs trial that could spell the end of the misery endured by thousands of migraine sufferers. John Chambers, a consultant cardiologist at Guy’s Hospital London, says that when, on a mere hunch, he tested clopidogrel [Plavix], a simple clot-busting drug, on five patients plagued by migraines, it worked, in some cases, “spectacularly well”.
Now a wider trial on 280 patients is under way with the results expected next year. If the drug proves similarly effective, it could mean an end to the throbbing head, nausea and flashing lights that characterise a typical attack…
Currently, migraines are treated with beta blockers, to lower blood pressure and regulate the heart, as well as anti-depressants. Other treatments include aspirin, paracetamol and stronger pain killers…
Dr Chambers’s treatment is based on the hypothesis that migraines can be caused by tiny blood clots that form in the heart and travel to the brain, disrupting the blood flow and causing the typical symptoms of one-sided headache, nausea and photophobia….
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