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FDA approves Reyvow for acute migraine treatment


The Food and Drug Administration has approved lasmiditan (Reyvow) for acute treatment of migraines with and without auras in adults.

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The agency’s Oct. 11 announcement said the approval is based on results from a pair of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials that included 3,177 adult patients with a history of migraine with and without aura. The percentage of patients whose pain and most bothersome migraine symptom (nausea, light sensitivity, or sound sensitivity) resolved after 2 hours was higher in patients receiving lasmiditan than in patients receiving placebo.

Lasmiditan is a serotonin 5-hydroxytryptamine1F–receptor agonist, giving it a unique mechanism of action as compared with other migraine treatments.

The most common adverse events associated with lasmiditan include dizziness, fatigue, paresthesia, and sedation. There is a risk of driving impairment while taking the medication, and patients are advised not to operate or drive machinery for 8 hours after taking lasmiditan.

“Reyvow is a new option for the acute treatment of migraine, a painful condition that affects one in seven Americans. We know that the migraine community is keenly interested in additional treatment options, and we remain committed to continuing to work with stakeholders to promote the development of new therapies for the acute and preventive treatment of migraine,” said Nick Kozauer, MD, acting deputy director of the division of neurology products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Eli Lilly, the drug’s manufacturer, said in a news release that “the recommended controlled substance classification for Reyvow is currently under review by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is expected within 90 days of today’s FDA approval, after which Reyvow will be available to patients in retail pharmacies” in oral doses of 50 mg, 100 mg, and 200 mg.

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