Aimovig is a once-monthly self-injection for the prevention of migraines. By taking Aimovig, you can reduce the number of migraine-free days each month, allowing you to reclaim your time with friends and family. Aimovig (which uses the medical name Erenumab) is a chemical that blocks calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptors. The monoclonal antibody has been developed in a lab from immune system cells to help support healing and injury prevention.
Your body has both CGRP and CGRP receptors. Doctors have found that CGRP attaches to a receptor and triggers migraine attacks. Aimovig works to block these receptors so the CGRP cannot attach to them. As a result, you may experience fewer migraines throughout the month.
In some patients, Aimovig cut the number of average migraine days in half each month. Across a three-month study, people who took Aimovig experienced six to seven fewer chronic migraine days each month compared to less than four fewer each month for the placebo group. Patients also noticed three to four fewer episodic migraines compared to less than two fewer for the placebo group.
Aimovig is recommended for patients who cannot reduce their number of monthly migraines through other drugs or who can’t take another medication because of drug interactions. Aimovig may not be right for everyone, but this is a promising step toward long-term migraine prevention instead of reaction-based treatment.
- How Does Aimovig Work?
Aimovig can be prescribed through your doctor in two doses: 70 mg per month or 140 mg per month. The medication comes in the form of a prefilled autoinjector pen. You will use this pen to give yourself an injection once per month. This form of injection features a hidden needle that is protected by the safety guard. It should take 15 seconds or less to complete the injection. Your healthcare provider should be able to show you how to inject Aimovig so you understand how the autoinjector works.
Patients are encouraged to store Aimovig in the refrigerator. Take the medication out of the refrigerator and leave it at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before injecting. Do not shake the medication or freeze it. Throw away Aimovig if it is kept at room temperature for more than seven days.
- How Can You Get Aimovig?
Aimovig is a new form of migraine care — focused on prevention rather than treatment. Because of its new arrival on the market, and the lack of a generic alternative, out-of-pocket costs can reach $603 monthly. But most patients don't pay this list price.
The cost of Aimovig will depend significantly on your insurance. Some insurance providers will cover Aimovig so patients only need to pay their copay. Talk to your insurance provider to see if they can help with the cost.
Aimovig is commonly found in pharmacies across the United States. You should be able to pick up your prescription within a few days at the most. That being said, we at Nurx™ can help prescribe Aimovig for pickup at your local pharmacy.
- Precautions When Taking Aimovig
When you consult with your doctor or one of our medical professionals at Nurx, mention any potential lifestyle factors that may prevent you from starting Aimobig.
This medication is not recommended for women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or who are breastfeeding. If you have plans in the next few months to become pregnant, you may not want to start Aimovig.
- Side Effects of Aimovig
Every medication comes with a set of risks, and people react differently to various treatments. While Aimovig is perfectly safe and FDA approved, you may notice a few common side effects as a result of taking this medication. Side effects may include constipation, muscle cramps, or problems at the injection site. These problems may include bleeding, burning, numbness, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, or hives. It is unlikely these side effects will occur, and if they do, they will likely fade over time. However, call your doctor if they don't go away.
There are also some uncommon side effects that are more severe. Seek medical treatment immediately if you experience dizziness, a fast heartbeat, fever, hoarseness or cough, joint pain or stiffness, tightness in your chest, trouble breathing, weakness and swelling of the eyes, lips, face, or tongue. These could be signs of an allergic reaction that needs to be treated by a doctor.
- Important Information When Taking Aimovig
Talk to your healthcare provider about any other medications that you're taking before starting Aimovig. Certain medications cannot be paired together, and you may have an adverse reaction to this injection because of your existing medication. This reaction can be severe in some cases. Also mention any over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements you take regularly, even if they are made with natural ingredients.
It's also important that your doctor is aware of your other medications because Aimovig may cancel out the other prescriptions you take. This drug may make those medications less effective, or you may not notice a decrease in migraines because of other drugs you're taking.
Your healthcare provider wants you to feel your best. Let them know about all conditions or allergies that you have so they can find the right treatment for your needs.
- How Do I Get a Prescription for Aimovig through Nurx?
It is possible to get a prescription for Aimovig through Nurx. Get started by filling out your medical history and taking our healthcare assessment. You will be prompted to answer a few simple questions about your health and symptoms, which our medical team will review. If you qualify for Aimovig, our medical staff will approve your prescription and send it to your local pharmacy.
- Can I Buy This Drug Online Through Nurx?
Yes, we at Nurx prescribe Aimovig for pickup at your local pharmacy to help patients with their migraine treatment. We also ship generic migraine medications to the states we are available in. Check to see if this is available for you.
- How Long Would it Take to Deliver This Drug if I Bought it Online?
When you buy Aimovig from Nurx, your order is sent to a member of our medical team for review. Once it is approved, we will send the prescription to your local pharmacy to be filled.
- Is There a Generic Version of Aimovig?
No, there no generic form of Aimovig.
- Who Makes This Drug?
Aimovig is produced by Novartis, a Swiss-based pharmaceutical company and one of the largest firms in both market share and sales.
- Does Aimovig Work?
Through the 90-day trial period, Aimovig worked for most patients but does not work for everybody. In some people, it started working within one month. However, it took two to three months for Aimovig to start working for most people. You may notice this delay when you start taking Aimovig.
- Does Aimovig Hurt?
When you self-inject with Aimovig, you may notice soreness at the injection site for a few minutes after you take the medication. Some people did experience muscle pain for a few hours after taking this medication, but this wore off over time. If you experience severe pain when taking Aimovig, seek medical treatment immediately as you may be having an allergic reaction to the medication or injector.
- Does Aimovig Cause Weight Loss?
Neither weight loss nor weight gain was reported in the clinical trials of those who took Aimovig. However, you may notice changes to your weight when you start taking Aimovig. Some people experience a loss of appetite when they have a migraine. If you have several migraines each month, you may lose weight because you are eating less. By stopping the migraines with Aimovig, you can restore your hunger to healthy levels and focus on achieving a healthy weight.
- How Does Nurx Work?
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