The experience of a migraine is a pain only a select number of the population has experienced.
To describe it, imagine pouring boiling hot water into one side of your brain while letting it seep slowly into the other side, then adding the feeling of your stomach going down the steep part of a fast roller coaster, all while adding in flu-like chills throughout the body, lasting anytime between an hour to a few days.
For my attacks, I can see it all coming through visual auras, and once it stops, I am left counting down the days until it happens again.
At this very moment, a dull head pain sits in the space above my left eye, my left hand tingles in neurological pain, my neck is stiff from the constant tension, and I am weary of every smell that comes along, hoping to not provoke the nausea that fills my presence.
This is a normal day, sadly. Pain from a migraine can ruin any plans for the day.
I first experienced a migraine in high school and was told it was just stress. The quiet introverted self in me, who did well in school and had plenty of friends didn’t believe stress was the cause. But who was I to question doctor’s opinion?
Moving onto University, the pain stepped in regularly, to where I feared traveling without any sort of medication. I’ve tried dozens of different medications where some did nothing, some made it worse, and few rarely worked short term. The pain I experienced ranged from terrible, to meh, to I’M DYING JUST END IT! However, I eventually got to a point where I got down to about one migraine a week, and although that may still sound bad, for me it’s the difference between barely surviving and having a life.
It’s an unfortunate truth that learning to live with pain is the goal.
For migraine sufferers like myself, helplessness and vulnerability fill our being. I build a buffer in my schedule in case migraine may sneak in and alter my plans. So, to hear that there is a prescription to help me get back to my days when migraine attacks hit, I am all ears! The idea of enjoying life with friends, taking last minute trips to the mountains would be ideal if I didn’t have the fear of migraine sitting in my thoughts.
Although results vary among individuals and is not a preventative treatment, the idea of a fast-acting dissolving tablet is hope for a normal life. Speak with a medical provider if the idea of relief from such pain is what is something of interest.
If you are a person who suffers from migraine, or know someone who does, share your story on how you would #TakeBackToday on social media. Take control of what is yours and see if this treatment is in your future!
If you know someone who suffers from Migraine, I would love to hear about your experience on the “other side!”
Learn more about Nurtec™ ODT (rimegepant) at Nurtec.com and its campaign to TakeBackToday.com. Discuss with your medical provider to see if it is right for you and your medical conditions. it.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Do not take Nurtec ODT if you are allergic to Nurtec ODT (rimegepant) or any of its ingredients. Before you take Nurtec ODT, tell your healthcare provider (HCP) about all your medical conditions, including if you:
have liver problems,
have kidney problems,
are pregnant or plan to become pregnant,
breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
Tell your HCP about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Nurtec ODT may cause serious side effects including allergic reactions, including trouble breathing and rash. This can happen days after you take Nurtec ODT. Call your HCP or get emergency help right away if you have swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, or throat or trouble breathing. This occurred in less than 1% of patients treated with Nurtec ODT.
The most common side effect of Nurtec ODT was nausea (2% of patients). This is not the only possible side effect of Nurtec ODT. Tell your HCP if you have any side effects.
You are encouraged to report side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‑800‑FDA‑1088 or report side effects to Biohaven at 1‑833‑4Nurtec.
WHAT IS NURTEC ODT?
Nurtec ODT (rimegepant) orally disintegrating tablets is a prescription medicine for the acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura in adults. Nurtec ODT is not used as a preventive treatment of migraine. It is not known if Nurtec ODT is safe and effective in children.
See full Prescribing Information and Patient Information while exploring more about Nurtec™ ODT (rimegepant) before use.