Should You Take Aimovig?

Aimovig™: A Miracle Migraine Treatment or Unnecessary Risk?

The moment I wrote this article, it immediately received big pharma attacks. That’s great!! It seems I stirred the hornets’ nest really big!

My research based academic articles, the actual clinical trials of the drug itself, and the FDA label details, concluded that the drug doesn’t work–only a couple of migraine-free days are gained per month. There are migraineurs on Aimovig who are currently my migraine group to learn how to become migraine free.

For big pharma it is all about the money! Keep that in mind before you jump and spend a lot of money! There is a free treatment that works for all–so far getting close to 5000 migraineurs who no longer suffer migraines. It doesn’t come from medicines. It comes from understanding what migraine is.

Be aware! Help those with migraines see that this drug is not any more magic bullet than any others in the past. it may also cause permanent damage–all listed in the detailed article linked to above so please read and share!

UPDATE

So many migraine sufferers who started takign Aimovig continue to have migraines! They are continuing their other medications as well. This has to be one of the most dangerous situations for migraineurs.

Please share and let them know: this drug is not the miracle it is being sold as.

Its half-life is 28 days! That means that if one gets a horrible adverse effect, it stays for over a month! The adverse reactions are not listed on the FDA label! But they are listed on the supplementary table at the research paper’s website.

Adverse Reactions

Here they are from the research paper: cold, upper respiratory tract infection, ankle fracture, viral gastroenteritis, sepsis, colitis, vestibular neuronitis, backpain, migraine, ovarian cyst, and sinusitis. One person also experienced cerebral venous thrombosis. Over 6% of the people taking it ended up creating antibodies against it (meaning they had an immune response that can either cause an allergic reaction or lead to autoimmune diseases) and some people quit the clinical trial because of adverse effects. None of this is written on the label! Attached is an appendix of their research–see table S3 for adverse effects:

Thanks for your help in helping migraine sufferers around the world!

Comments are welcome as always and are moderated for appropriateness.

Angela

Updated: 8/12/2018 4:47 PM by Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.

About Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist focusing on chronic pain--migraine in particular--physiology, electrolyte homeostasis, nutrition, and genetics. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicine. As a forever migraineur from childhood, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic variations of all voltage dependent channels, gates, and pumps that modulate electrolyte mineral density and voltage in the brain. In addition, insulin and glucose transporters, and several other variants, such as MTHFR variants of B vitamin methylation process and many others that are different in the case of a migraineur from the general population. Migraineurs are glucose sensitive (carbohydrate intolerant) and should avoid eating carbs as much as possible. She is working on her hypothesis that migraine is a metabolic disease. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and her helping over 4000 migraineurs successfully prevent their migraines world wide, all ages and both genders, and all types of migraines, she published the 2nd (extended) edition of her migraine book "Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide: How To Treat & Prevent Migraines Without Medications". The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraine cause, development, and prevention, incorporating all there is to know. It includes a long section with for medical and research professionals. The book is full of academic citations (over 800) to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. It is a "Complete Guide", published on September 29, 2017. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers, certification in LCHF/ketogenic diet from NN (Nutrition Network), currently working on her certification in physiology, and functional medicine. Dr. Stanton is an avid sports fan, currently power weight lifting and kickboxing. For relaxation (yeah.. about a half minute each day), she paints and photographs and loves to spend time with her family of husband of 44 years, 2 sons and their wives, and 2 granddaughters. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook, LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelaastantonphd/ and facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DrAngelaAStanton/
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2 Responses to Should You Take Aimovig?

  1. Dear Angie,

    What keto diet are you on? The standard keto approach is the wrong one for migraine sufferers. I have a keto group on FB that you are more than welcome to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KetogenicDietforMigraines/. There are major differences in how keto should be applied to migraineurs and the ketogenic diet interacts with just about all medications (including OTC).

    Another observation I have is you wrote that you used to have 5 migraines a week and now two a day. That is not possible. A migraine, by definition, lasts over 24 hours. Migraines may not be accompanied by a head pain but they generally last 48-72 hours. I suspect that you may have cluster headaches–pain behind the eye(s) often like stabbing pains. They are also called ice pick headaches and often referred to as suicide headaches. They last for a short period for each “stab” but the pains can go on for weeks. Cluster headaches often benefit from oxygen use.

    There is also thunderclap headache, which involves the whole head on top of your head and all the way to the back of your neck. This kind of headache you should have a specialist examine, likely with a scan, to be sure you don;t have something nasty happening.

    If your headaches start at the base of your head on the back, those are cervicogenic headaches. Cervicogenic headaches are associated with potential disc damage in the upper back and/or neck and/or are positional in origin, meaning wrong pillow type, sitting in a way that is unnatural for your neck, and most importantly very weak muscles in the cervicogenic area. So if this is the type of pain you have, starting at the back and moves toward to top and front, you would benefit from a physical therapy that would strengthen your muscles there, check your posture, your upper back and neck vertebrae and nerves there and a gym with a capable trainer that knows how to increase muscle strength in that general area.

    Hope this helps,
    Angela

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  2. Angie Farrow says:

    I have been on a low carb diet for 4 months (a keto diet) and my migraines have become progressively worse. From five migraines a week, I am now getting two a day. I want to give up the diet because it is doing me harm, but maybe you have a solution before I do so. Thanks.

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