Aimovig is in a relatively new class of drugs called CGRP’s.
Hi this is curtis alexander today’s video what i want to touch on is the side effects that you can get from a drug called aimavic now if you’re not familiar emovig is one of the newer migraine medications it’s a subcutaneous injection and it’s becoming more and more popular but it does come with some possible side effects now a little background when you get a
Migraine one of the things that we know now is there’s a substance called cgrp that can come in it can get in your meninges or the lining of the brain and it it can start causing inflammation and that’s where we believe a lot of the the pain can come from when you get a migraine so emovig is in a class of drugs that is aimed to block cgrp so with that being said
What are the biggest side effects that can happen well first of all i want to point out that it’s actually really well tolerated in the folks that i know who use it but first and foremost um you can get a bit of constipation with it not common let’s say around three percent of folks get some constipation with hemovig the next one we want to talk about is it’s
Probably the most common is some injection site reaction again it’s subcutaneous injection so you can get a little bit of uh you know just just an injection site reaction so uh injection reaction the next one we can see um that’s somewhat common and it’s not discussed as much as you can actually begin to develop antibodies to the aim of egg now it doesn’t occur
In a lot of people probably three to five percent but in about one percent of people what can happen is uh they can develop what are called neutralizing antibodies and in that case it can make the aim of egg not effective so again one percent of people it happens not common but it can happen so neutralizing antibodies now in some folks we do worry a little bit
If they have cardiovascular problems there can be some hypertension some high blood pressure those sorts of things again not common i mentioned it just in passing but the big ones a little bit of constipation injection site reactions and then the neutralizing antibodies very rare on that one but it can happen now a couple of questions that i get um and i don’t
Know why this is they seem to be a little more common around the aim of egg is can in women can it affect your periods the the short answer is no not that we can tell if it does happen it’s going to be very very rare it’s not really mentioned in the literature so i would say the answer that would be no the other one is can it cause hair loss or alopecia which
Obviously hits home with me but um the answer to that one as well is no again the the research really doesn’t bear that out can it happen can it be caused by amy big sure there’s there’s going to be some cases where stuff can happen that you don’t see in the studies but by and large affecting periods and any sort of hair loss isn’t something we normally see in
Aim of eggs so i would say no to that now it’s not really a side effect but aim of it can get expensive so if you’re on medicare um you can run into issues with your donut hole or your coverage lapses until you get to a certain dollar amount in that case um you know there’s there’s programs that can help but if you have private insurance and sometimes what you
Have to do is get a prior authorization for aymavig it’s not always paid for right off the bat by private insurance in those cases if you need help with the copay amovig does offer a coupon for folks and i’ll put a link to that uh below the video so again aim of egg side effects any questions put them in the comments i’ll try to answer them as best i can i’d
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Aimovig Side Effects You Should Know About (Plus 2 That People Worry About – But Shouldn't) By Curtis Alexander Pharm.D.