A new approach to migraine

Scientists in Trieste, Italy suggested a new approach to the treatment of migraine headaches.  They hypothesized that combining two different approaches would yield better outcomes than either one alone.  A neurotransmitter CGRP antagonists appear to be effective in the treatment of an acute migraine.  Merck has a product in late stages of development that works through this mechanism and hopefully will be the first of a new class of migraine drugs.  Based on laboratory research the Italian group suggests that combining a CGRP antagonist with a blocker of nerve growth factor may result in a more effective treatment.  This fits with a new trend in treatment of many conditions – combining drugs that work in different ways, rather than trying to always use a single medication.

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