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Current Migraine Treatment LimitationsPatients with migraine on average take 3+ medications, and there are limitations to those treatments1–4:About Efficacy5

Approximately 30%-40% of people with migraine are not successfully treated using a triptan, for reasons of insufficient efficacy and/or tolerability


In a review of clinical studies, only 18%-33% of patients achieve sustained freedom from pain, and 20%-34% of patients require rescue medication

Medication-Overuse Headache7

Frequent use of medication for the acute treatment of migraine attacks can lead to medication-overuse headache (MOH)


Oral preventive treatments like anticonvulsants and beta-blockers are associated with AEs such as weight gain, fatigue and cognitive issues

Patient Medication Preference10

In a survey of 372 patients with migraine, more would prefer to take a pill (63.4%) as a preventive treatment than an injection (36.6%).


11% of patients with migraine have a history of cardiovascular events that make them unsuitable for triptans

▼This medicinal product is subject to additional monitoring. This will allow quick identification of new safety information. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions. See section 4.8 of the SmPC for how to report adverse reactions.

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