Next Time You Travel, Leave Migraine at Home
Posted: May 26, 2022 | Word Count: 708
Migraine attacks get in the way of what’s important. They can disrupt everyday life and pop up during vacation, a time that should be enjoyable. Tomeka Cherry, a social media influencer and travel enthusiast, is always on the go. But over the years travel and the associated planning has become a trigger for her migraine disease.
Travel disrupts routine and exposes people to multiple potential migraine triggers like stress; changes in sleep, eating and drinking habits; and environmental stimulation. This disruption makes it more likely a person with migraine will experience an attack. Condé Nast Traveler recently conducted a survey to better understand what traveling is like for people with migraine.
Stress and Traveling
In the survey of 500 people who have been diagnosed with migraine by a healthcare provider and who are interested in travel, 94% of respondents said the thought of having a migraine attack while traveling is stressful.
“The thought of taking a trip and the actual travel itself can be stressful, which frequently triggers my migraine. I’m usually spontaneous, but when I travel, I have to start planning months in advance to try and avoid this stress,” said Tomeka.
Managing Migraine While Traveling
“Travel was always tough because I never knew when I’d get an attack,” said Tomeka. “I would just say I couldn’t go. I felt powerless and didn’t know how to manage having migraine.”
Tomeka isn’t the only one who adjusts travel due to difficulty managing migraine. According to the survey, 40% of those with migraine are not confident in their ability to manage their disease when traveling. Nearly all (89%) said they have had to delay or cancel travel because of migraine.
Managing Migraine is a Personalized Process
Unfortunately, more than half said they don’t have a sufficient acute treatment for their migraine. Tomeka tries to decrease stress, makes sure she gets enough sleep and drinks plenty of water while traveling. She also takes Nurtec® ODT (rimegepant), an orally dissolving tablet and the only all-in-one FDA-approved medication to both treat and prevent migraine attacks in adults.
“Nurtec ODT gives me relief from my migraine pain in about an hour. I take it both to treat and prevent migraine attacks when traveling, like if I know I will be facing triggers such as lack of sleep or dietary changes. I did experience some nausea when I first started taking it — which is one of the side effects, along with stomach pain and indigestion — but the benefits outweighed my nausea. It’s very comforting for me to know I have it.”
NURTEC ODT orally disintegrating tablets is a prescription medicine that is used to treat migraine in adults. It is for the acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura and the preventive treatment of episodic migraine. It is not known if NURTEC ODT is safe and effective in children.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Do not take Nurtec ODT if you are allergic to Nurtec ODT (rimegepant) or any of its ingredients.
Before you take Nurtec ODT, tell your healthcare provider (HCP) about all your medical conditions, including if you:
- have liver problems,
- have kidney problems,
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant,
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
Tell your HCP about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Nurtec ODT may cause serious side effects including allergic reactions, including trouble breathing and rash. This can happen days after you take Nurtec ODT. Call your HCP or get emergency help right away if you have swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, or throat or trouble breathing. This occurred in less than 1% of patients treated with Nurtec ODT.
The most common side effects of Nurtec ODT were nausea (2.7%) and stomach pain/indigestion (2.4%). These are not the only possible side effects of Nurtec ODT. Tell your HCP if you have any side effects.
You are encouraged to report side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088 or report side effects to Biohaven at 1-833-4Nurtec.
For more information and to learn about Nurtec ODT, visit Nurtec.com.