Flashcards in LG 2.6 Pharmacology of Migraine Headache Medication Deck (46):
What is the aura phase of a migraine?
Decrease in blood flow occipital lobe
What is the headache phase of the migraine?
Inflammation of meninges to trigeminal sensory nerve fibers
What is the main potent vasodilator of a migraine?
Calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP)
What is the MOA of -triptans?
i. Vasoconstiction of painful intracranial extra cerebral vessels
ii. Inhibition of vasoactive neuropeptide
iii. Inhibition of nociceptive neurotransmission
What is the main use of -triptans?
-Nausea, vomiting, photophobia, phonophobia
What is the procedure for selecting the right Triptan?
Triptans can be chosen via the 3 F’s:
-Fast versus slow onset of activity; duration of action can be important for some patients
-Formulation (oral, injection, nasal)
-Formulary tier and availability (sumatriptan =generic)
What are the pharmockinetics of triptan?
-oral, nasal, subcutaneous (Sumatriptan)
-rapid onset of action
What are the adverse effects of triptans?
4. warm sensations
5. tightness (neck, chest, and throat)
What are the main contraindications of triptans?
1. hepatic/renal function impairment
2. monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor therapy
3. hemiplegic migraine (associated with paralysis of one side of the face)
4. basilar migraine (associated with loss of vision, double vision, loss of balance)
5. hypersensitivity to -triptans
6. peripheral vascular disease or uncontrolled blood pressure
What is the main triptan in use?
What produces Ergot alkaloids?
-Produced by Claviceps pururea a fungus
What are adverse effects of Ergot alkaloids?
- Poisoning effects (hallucination)
- vasospasm (gangrene)
- Abortifacient (in pregnancy
- Decreased blood flow: brain, heart, extremities
What is the MOA of Ergot alkaloids?
1. Agonist/antagonist at α1-adrenergic, at serotonin receptors (5-HT1A and 5-HT1D )
2. Partial or full agonist at dopamine receptors
What are the contraindications of Ergot alkaloids?
1. peripheral vascular disease or poor circulation
5. history of heart attack/ silent ischemia
6. liver/kidney disease
7. serious infection
What are the therapeutic uses of Ergotamine?
1. Migraine pain
2. Effective at beginning of attack
What are the pharmacokinetics?
1. Routes of admin: oral and suppository
2. High first pass effect
3. Excreted by liver
What do you give with Ergotamine to increase bioavailability?
3. Combined with caffeine (helps bioavailability)
What are the adverse effects of Ergotamine?
What are the contraindications of Ergotamine?
1. obstructive vascular disease
2. collagen disease
What are the therapeutic uses of DHE?
1. Intractable migraine (favored by some clinicians
What is DHE?
What are the pharmocokinetics of DHE?
1. Routes of admin: SC, IV, IN, and oral
2. Metabolized by liver, excretion by feces
3. Metabolites similar to parent compound
4. Effects last longer than expected
What is the MOA of Beta blockers?
What is the primary therapeutic target?
What does targeting the Beta 1 via Beta blockers cause?
1. Increased heart rate
2. Increased contractility
3. Increased nerve conduction
What does Beta 2 do?
What does Beta 3 do?
What is the Beta blocker given for migraines?
What are the pharmacokinetics of Propranolol?
1. route of administration: oral
2. hepatic first pass effect
4. metabolized by liver
What are the adverse effects of Propranolol?
3. vivid dreams
What is the main drug interaction with Beta blockers?
-Calcium blockers i.e. verapamil
What happens if both Beta blockers and calcium blockers are given together?
1. severe hypotension
3. heart failure
4. cardiac conductance abnormalities
What are indication of migraine prevention?
-Frequency greater than 2 per month
-Duration longer than 24 hours
-Cause major disruptions that last 3 or more days
- Abortive therapy fails or is over used
- Symptomatic meds are contraindicated or ineffective
-Use of abortive meds more than 2 times a week
- Migrane variants such as hemiplegic migraine or rare headache attacks producing profound disruption or risk of permanent neurologic injury.
What do you do for Migraine prevention?
-Start with low dose and slowly increase
-Use 2-3 month trial period
-Monitor with diary/calendar
-Monitor for med overuse
-Consider comorbidity conditions
-Consider prevention medication combination in refractory patients.
-Taper when headaches are controlled
What is the therapeutic class of Prochloperazine?
What is the MOA of Prochloperazine?
D2-antagonist in chemoreceptor trigger receptor zone”
What is the therapeutic use of Prochloperazine?
1. Associated with Migraines
What is the pharmacokinetics of Prochloperazine?
a. Route of administration: oral, rectal, IV
What is the adverse effects of Prochloperazine?
a. extrapyramidal (acute dystonic effects)
b. akathisia (restlessness)
What is given with Prochiorperazine and why?
Prochlorperazine often given with diphenhydramine prevents akathisia
Which reduces pain more Prochlorperazine or Sumatriptan?
Prochlorperazine (I.V.) reduces pain more than Sumatriptan (subcutaneous)
What is the MOA of Botulinum Toxin?
Enzymatic removal of amino acids in fusion proteins critical to the release of acetylcholine
What does MOH stand for?
Medication Overuse Headache
What causes MOH?
MOH caused by excessive use of headache medication
What are some of the requirements for the diagnosis of MOH?
-Regular overuse for more than 3 months of 1 or more drugs that can be taken for acute and/or symptomatic treatment of headache.
-Ergotamine, triptans, opioids or combination analgesics on 10 or more days/months
-Simple analgesics on 15 or more days/month
-Any combination of acute/symptomatic drugs on 10 or more days/month without overuse of any single class alone