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Adolescents to benefit from launch of new migraine treatment

Thousands of adolescents (12-17 years of age) suffering with the misery of migraine headaches are set to benefit from the launch today of a new migraine treatment, ImigranTM (sumatriptan) 10mg Nasal Spray. Imigran 10mg Nasal Spray will be the first and only triptan (class of migraine treatment) specifically licensed for use in adolescents and will bring much-needed relief to those adolescents affected by this debilitating neurological condition. Imigran 10mg Nasal Spray has a fast and effective onset of action and Imigran 20mg Nasal Spray is already a well-established treatment for adults with migraine.

It is estimated that up to ten percent of adolescents are affected by migraine and as many as 2.75 million school days are lost each year as a result of migraine attacks in children and adolescents.(1) Migraine headaches in this age group can last between two and 48 hours(2) and in addition to the severe pain, symptoms may also include nausea, vomiting and intense sensitivity to light or noise.

Clinical studies have shown adolescent migraineurs to have raised levels of anxiety that can be attributed to their migraine attacks.(3) These migraine attacks can also be associated with considerable suffering, with adolescents often disabled due to feelings of helplessness, frustration and anger regarding their migraine.(4)

Ann Turner, Director of the Migraine Action Association said, "Migraine is not just a headache but a potentially debilitating neurological condition. Adolescents suffering from migraine attacks should seek help as doctors, nurse specialists and pharmacists are important allies in the battle against migraine and their advice and support can be invaluable. Although there is no cure for migraine, it is possible to bring the condition under control with the range of treatments now available and the introduction of a management programme tailored to each patient."

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Contact: Laura Tipple
laura.tipple@shirehealthlondon.com
44-207-313-6324
Shire Hall Communications
1-Sep-2003


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