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The First Ever Migraine Headband Approved By The FDA

It’s not a scene from Star Trek and she’s not predicting the future.  What you see here is the first ever approved nerve-stimulating headband proven to prevent migraine headaches drug free.  Applause, but do so quietly! I hope those suffering from chronic migraines are rejoicing with silent fist pumps.

The First Ever Migraine Headband Approved by the FDA

The Migraine Headband Image courtesy of the dailymail.com

The Migraine Headband
Image courtesy of the dailymail.com

The word migraine derives from the Greek word hemikrania, “pain on one side of the head,” which is exactly what a migraine is.  Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light.  The pain is pulsating in nature, lasting anywhere from 2 to 72 hours!

Migraines are a slow torture leaving many people trapped in dark rooms for hours. I hope you are not getting a headache from these excruciating details!

 The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it approved a nerve-stimulating headband as the first medical device to prevent migraine headaches.

Agency officials said the device provides a new option for patients who cannot tolerate migraine medications.

The Cefaly device is a battery-powered plastic band worn across the forehead. Using an adhesive electrode, the band emits a low electrical current to stimulate nerves associated with migraine pain. Users may feel a tingling sensation on the skin where the electrode is applied. The device is designed to be used no more than 20 minutes a day by patients 18 years and older.

A 67-person study reviewed by the FDA showed patients using the device experienced fewer migraines per month than patients using a placebo device. The Cefaly headband did not completely eliminate migraine headaches or reduce the intensity of migraines that occurred.

About 53 percent of 2,313 patients in a separate study said they were satisfied with the device and were willing to purchase it for future use.

No serious adverse events were connected with the device.

Cephaly is manufactured by Cephaly Technology of Belgium.

 

The facts of this article were contributed by the Associated Press.

The First Ever Migraine Headband Approved by the FDA

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