Looking For Relief From Severe Headache Pain? FDA Approves New Migraine Patch


Having a severe headache is a horrible feeling: you can’t bandage it up or put pressure on the wound or inject some novocaine to help yourself sleep. Migraines can affect your work, social life, mental health and several other aspects of your life. Fortunately, there are lots of ways you can treat them, both naturally and otherwise, as well as continued research on how to better do so. One such treatment, a migraine patch designed to adhere to skin and help improve headaches, has just been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Zecuity Patch is used to treat adults who suffer from migraines with or without aura. It’s a single use, battery-powered patch that helps relieve migraines as well as the nausea commonly associated with them. It’s been shown to be safe in trials of more than 800 migraine sufferers using over 10,000 patches.

The migraine patch is seen as an appealing alternative because 8 million of the 16 million migraine sufferers in America experience nausea with their headaches, and often do not want to take oral medications which is the form that most migraine treatments come in. The patch adheres to the upper arm or upper thigh — not unlike the birth control patch — and can be activated by pushing a button which then allows the patch to dispense 6.5 milligrams of Sumatriptan, lasting up to 4 hours.

So, would you prefer to take your migraine meds via mouth or arm/thigh? Thanks to medicine, you now will have the opportunity to choose!

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    • Nyx

      “6.5 milligrams of medication”
      What is the medication?

      • Samantha_Escobar

        Sumatriptan. I should’ve put that in there, thanks for the head’s up!

    • Seth

      Patch would be great. Hate taking pills.

    • joy h

      I would have loved to have had this yesterday….people who do not suffer from migrianes do not always understand what they can do to your life….my ex always told me to stop thinking about it and the pain would go away. Were it only that easy….

    • Taliah

      i also dislike oral medication during a migraine…what’s worked best is using a suppository…they aren’t commonly used but they work within minutes and do not aggravate the nausea….also, i take a magnesium salt bath at least once a week and have gotten my migraines down to about 1 every two months

    • GA_7

      Imitrex Injections already achieve this in large. They have saved me from some pretty severe migraines. And now, they are available in generic. I am sure the cost of this patch will be quite expensive given the cost of the birth control patch it is being compared too – and those don’t have a battery and push button! Not in any way affiliated, just a lifetime migraine sufferer. All that said, it is nice to have viable options.

      • Samantha_Escobar

        Ortho Evra was never very expensive for me; only about $15 every three months! I wonder what the price will be for these, though. My dad has horrible migraines and I would love to offer him some relief!

    • DKP

      Imitrex is fine, if it works for you. I’m allergic to it so that is not an option for me. I’m happy to hear there’s a new means that may help me deal with my migraines.

      • http://twitter.com/enbrown Elizabeth

        I’m allergic to Imitrex, too; every time I tried to use it, I’d get horribly naseous and break out in cold sweats for a few hours …

      • Vicki Lee

        Taliah, have u heard of Transdermal Magnesium? It’s a spray and gets into your bloodstream via your skin. I found it at our local Natural Health Shoppe, The Green Boomerang. The lady who owns it is from Austrailia. It also works as a muscle relaxer (but with no side effects: you don’t feel any differant at all). Anyway, it should not be used if u use pharmacutical muscle relaxers like Soma, Flexoril, etc… Hope this info helps you. Alot of Americans are lacking in Magnesium as well as vitamin D. Vitamin D3 is what you should get, not D2.

    • Dex

      Have you read the side effects of this drug?

      A natural herb that helps with both the migraine and the nasuea is cannabis. The side effects are that you may feel a bit giddy, but it can’t kill you.
      This is not a joke, it works for me.

      • akglow

        I read somewhere where LSD works on Migraines, too

      • Samantha_Escobar

        I’m not surprised. Cannabis is actually one of the only things that my doctors have said I should use to help my fibromyalgia — and they’re not even in states that have it legalized (though I just moved to one). It is definitely something that helps a lot of people.

    • Selfmedicator

      Would rather smoke and drink my migraine “medications”

    • http://twitter.com/julianathelady Shae Rosa

      So, I’m a migraine sufferer who is trying to get pregnant. Obviously, OTC medications like ibuprofen will be off-limits, and I know that I won’t be able to even LOOK at my Imitrex injections/pills/nasal sprays. An article on possible pregnancy-safe migraine treatment would be great. It’d be cool to be able to discuss options with my doctor and midwife.

    • Janny

      Sometimes it is better to avoid drugs because of side effects. Alternative methods can be helpful too. Maybe this video is useful http://youtu.be/FgHcae0YbK0