FDA approves new patch to help people who suffer from crippling migraine headaches
1:42 PM, Mar 25, 2013
More than 30 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches and now the Federal Drug Administration has approved a treatment that delivers migraine medication in a new way.
It is a patch that migraine sufferers can wear on their upper arm or thigh. It is battery operated and uses an electrical current through the skin.
According to a study, there are a couple of down sides to the patch. About 25 percent of people who took part in the clinical study complained that the patch caused a painful sensation and caused the skin to turn red in the area where it was applied.
The FDA has approved a number of drugs for treating migraines and it says they are most effective when taken early in the attack.
The FDA also say another way to treat migraines to to prevent them by knowing your triggers. That could be anything from hormonal changes in women, certain foods, stress or changes in your sleeping pattern.