A new delivery system for migraine that involves blowing a powder up your nose was just approved in the USA — and it’s been largely flying under the radar.
The new medication is called Onzetra Xsail, from Avanir Pharmaceuticals.
Why a powder?
Instead of leaking and spraying a liquid medication, the powder immediately sticks to the inside of your nose and gets absorbed (think throwing flour onto a wet sponge). That means less waste, less room for error, and an extremely fast-acting medication for migraines and headaches.
Some people have been helped, others not so much, by triptan class medications. But for abortive medications, triptans, such as sumatriptan (a familiar brand is Imitrex), remain one of the best options in general for a migraine.
So there are a lot of options for sumatriptan – tablets, injections, nasal sprays … even a skin patch.
Nasal sprays have some advantages. No needle, and no swallowing, for one. But maybe the most key advantage is that they get the medication into your system fast. This is important because – well, you know you want to end the pain as soon as possible. It also tends to be that stopping an attack early is easier than stopping an attack later.
But nasal sprays aren’t perfect. Even with an expert sprayer, liquid can leak out and you won’t get the full effect of the medication.
Pasadena Pain Management is focused on medication-free pain treatment for migraines and headaches. While we understand that prescription drugs are the only viable treatment option for some migraine patients, we urge all patients to explore other alternatives that will help alleviate pain — such as TruDenta pain management therapy. Contact us today for a FREE CONSULTATION and to see if you’re a candidate for TruDenta at Pasadena Pain Management.