E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork demonstrates how a new migraine treatment works as effectively as an injection.
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Injectable Migraine Relief Dr. Travis Stork: And we’ve got another question on our Facebook page from Sabrina. She writes “Hi Doctors. I’m getting migraines a lot. I’ve taken nasal sprays before but it doesn’t work very well. I really don’t want to get myself a shot every time I have a migraine. Is there any other medication I can take?” Well I speak from experience. Migraines are very common and if you look at this animation, migraines typically are thought of as vascular headaches. When the blood vessels dilate like your seeing there, it actually can sent pain signals down those little nerves along the blood vessel that can give you a migraine headache. What’s interesting is traditionally, we’ve had different methods of treating them. We’ve had pills. We’ve had nasal spray and actual injections. Well, clap your hands if you like giving yourself injections? We had two people. I don’t like giving myself injections. Dr. Lisa Masterson: No, I hate needles. Dr. Travis Stork: So we have something called the Sumavel Dose Pro and this is actually a way to inject medicine underneath the skin and it’s actually quite easy. I’m going to show everyone. Take the top off, pull the sleever down and you want to do it on a dry area skin. Dr. Jim Sears: You’re going to inject yourself? Dr. Travis Stork: This is a microphone cord, this isn’t some weird growth. At least 2-inches from your belly button, don’t do it over mole. Dr. Jim Sears: Stick in a needle there or what? Dr. Travis Stork: Well, I have an animation to show you what it does. It actually does not stick a needle and what it does is when you attached your skin like I just did, it sensed a dose underneath the skin, into the subcutaneous tissues. And the reason that that’s actually effective is in the subcutaneous tissue which is just underneath your upper layer of skin, it can get into your blood quicker. And then as you see there, once it’s in your bloodstream it can effectively terminate your headache sooner in many ways than taking something orally. Dr. Drew Ordon: The studies with the Sumavel show that it accesses quickly and as effectively as using a needle. It can set in as quickly as 10 minutes with this medication. Dr. Lisa Masterson: So many patients can be debilitated. They can’t go to work, they can’t do anything. So this is life saving. Dr. Travis Stork: Let this thing shoot the medicine through the skin, it doesn’t hurt? Dr. Travis Stork: It’s interesting and what I love about this concept is that this is actually a potential drug delivery system for a lot of other medicines not just migraine treatments because we all know that the idea behind a medicine is let’s get it into your bloodstream in most cases. Not in all cases but in most cases and instead of going for painful shots, what a great alternative. Because I don’t like giving people shots, I really don’t except for the two of you who clapped your hands. Dr. Jim Sears: We’ll find a bigger needle for them. Dr. Travis Stork: We’ll try not to.