As of March 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed the marketing of a medical device to be used for the prevention of migraine headaches. This is the first device that is authorized to be used prior to the onset of pain.
This new device is called Cefaly and is worn as a plastic headband across the forehead and just above the ears.
From a March 11, 2014 article from RxWiki:
“The device applies an electric current to the skin and underlying body tissues to stimulate branches of the trigeminal nerve, which has been associated with migraine headaches. The user may feel a tingling or massaging sensation where the electrode is applied. Cefaly is indicated for patients 18 years of age and older and should only be used once per day for 20 minutes.
The 67-person study showed that those who used Cefaly experienced significantly fewer days with migraines per month and used less migraine attack medication than those who used a placebo device. The device did not completely prevent migraines and did not reduce the intensity of migraines that did occur. The patient satisfaction study showed that a little more than 53 percent of patients were satisfied with Cefaly treatment and willing to buy the device for continued use.”
While it seems that there may be refinements to this product in the future, this could be the start of a whole new treatment process for those who suffer from chronic migraines.
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