A migraine is a disorder caused due to abnormal brain activity. The patient is suffering from recurring headaches. They last from 02 to 72 hours in varying intensity. The pain is focussed on one half of the head, usually pulsating in nature. Some other associated symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, or smell.
It is not yet clear as to what causes this disorder in patients. There is no particular age group that experiences the most number of migraine attacks. Women experience migraine symptoms during menstrual cycles. Sometimes stress, depression, anxiety, excitement, and shock can trigger a headache.
Clinical trials- how to find one:
By enrolling in a trial, you can get to use a potentially more effective migraine therapy. Many migraine clinical trials across the country and around the world are studying new treatments. These studies are typically conducted at university medical centers, government dispensaries, and drug companies. So how do you find one? Here are a few options:
- Ask your General Physician if he/she knows of any open migraine studies in your area.
- Call up university hospitals near you and see if they are taking part in any migraine trials.
- Search online web directories near your area.
Clinical trials – Are you eligible:
You will need to meet the study qualifications. These qualifications revolve around specs like:
- your age
- your gender
- your weight
- the number of headaches you get each month
- the medicines you take or history of medication you’ve tried for your migraines in the past
- any other health conditions you have
Stages of Migraine trials:
Migraine studies are conducted in three phases:
- Phase I – In this stage, researchers analyze how much of the treatment to give to participants and whether it’s safe.
- Phase II – The drug’s safety has been confirmed. In this stage, researchers want to learn more about the treatment’s safety and apt dosage.
- Phase III studies consist of comparing the new treatment to an existing treatment to see if it’s more effective.