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Medication Approved for Migraine in Kids
June 9, 2009 etoh

Pounding - Pulsating - Throbbing. These are words that describe the head pain of someone with migraine. Although there are drugs to treat adults with migraine, there have not been any approved medications for kids with migraine...until now. In June 2009, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Almotriptan to treat migraine in kids who are 12-17 years old.pain

Almotriptan (also called Axert and Almogran) is a triptan, a class of drugs that are selective serotonin receptor agonists. These drugs work by binding to receptor sites on neurons that use the neurotransmitter called serotonin. This action helps to stop blood vessel changes that cause migraine pain.

With the FDA approval of Almotriptan, doctors have a new way to help kids with migraine.

Further information:

  1. Almotriptan (Axert) - drug information
  2. Migraine
  3. Pain - Neuroscience for Kids
  4. Botox: Helpful for Migraine Pain? - Neuroscience for Kids

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