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Emgality: Have you tried it? Share your experience here.

  1. I switched to Emgality after 3 months on Aimovig with no relief and the side effects everyone is talking about......fatigue and extreme muscle pain. when I told my doctor about it, she said these side effects were now widely known amongst her and her colleages (sp?) So I took the loading dose of 240 mg (2 120mg injections) on Nov. 7, just two days ago and at this point all I can really report is this
    The shots hurt like hell....just momentarily , it's fine after the injection is complete (we have migraines, we can suck it up, right?)
    About two hours after the injection I had an intense wave of sleepiness come over me (like when you taken a pain killer), it was almost bedtime so I went to bed (but regardless of what time it was I would have had to lay down). when I woke up I had no lingering feelings of fatigue and have had none since. And at this point, no reported muscle pain.
    I have been in a vicious cycle since the beginning of October and it's only been two days, so not much relief to speak of, but I certainly didn't wake up expecting to be cured.
    I will continue to post my progress, wish me luck!!!!!!
    Dana

    1. 5days out and still no relief. I am easily at an 8. my eye is throbbing goes around to the base of my skull, my neck and shoulder hurt, my jaw hurts, my teeth hurt, my nose hurts in a sense that I got punched, my ear even hurts. And I get terrible hay fever symptoms so my nose is running, my eyes are tearing up, I'm sneezing. I could only find one other set of reviews for Emgality and one person said they had relief in 2 days. Ugh. Here we go again

    2. My teeth also hurt even when I don't have a common migraine and I've wondered if they were mouth migraines. You runny eye and tears sound like cluster headaches. If Emgality doesn't have side effects and even if it doesn't work, it's worth a try.
      Thanks.

  2. I thought I would share a possible paid research opportunity that has just become available for those that have tried or have been prescribed Emgality. You can read more on it here. - https://migraine.com/news/emgality-users-survey/

    1. Thank you for your posts.
      I’ve noticed that mine are erased. Can you explain?
      Is this forum funded by CGRP drug companies or related?

  3. @wetm
    Unfortunately, no. However I have been in a horrible cycle since the beginning of October and my neurologist reminded me these drugs are preventative (which is weird, because the success stories "had relief within days"). I'm actually being admitted to the Thomas Jefferson Headache Clinic tomorrow for their Lidocaine Infusion to try to break the cycle in hopes that after that the Emgality will work to prevent migraines in the future. I should be there approximately 5 days and them am due for my next shot 12/7. Now I've been to Jefferson before and left Headache free but was unable to tolerate the preventive they gave me at that time and now less than 6 months later I'm going back. I'm hopeful, but skeptical. But I will keep you posted on my progress. I'd like to know a little about your migraine history because I think that's important. But I say give it a whirl, what do you have to lose, really? And bonus NO side effects with the Emgality.
    Talk soon
    Dana

    1. They don't inject them. I've been given a "Medrol Dose Pack" (4 mg) orally. It's a short pulsed dose of steroids (I believe 6 days). I think I've had it 4 times and 3 out of 4 times it has helped "break the chain". But they returned again in a few weeks.

    2. Hi Dana,

      I am sorry about your pain, I am also a migraine sufferer from around 12 yeara with frequency of 15+ attacks/month..I am also suffering from neck and upper back chronic pain related..

      I had tried both Emgality and Aivomig previously..for 3 months and 6 months respectively.

      Minor improvement in severity, rate of migraine is almost no difference.

      I can say sometimes natural supplements help with severity including Magnesium and Co enzyme Q10..but other than this nothing.

      I would like also to know, have you ever tried botox injections for migraine? I read some good data about it..and I may continue reading and may try it later as if is expensive

  4. I had the two injections (loading dose and first month) on 11/7. When I went without a migraine a week later as a cold front moved through, I was the tiniest bit hopeful that maybe Emgality was already becoming effective. Unfortunately, I've had 7 early morning migraine since. My new headache specialist also Rx'd Zomig, but I've been reluctant to take it since I don't know what the side effects will be and I need to be able to get to work.

    I don't know if the stabbing pains in the back of my head are side effects but they began a few days after the initial injections. Also, a true headache in the back of my head has occurred twice and that turns into a migraine that really wears me down, with rubbery legs and fatigue.

    My next Emgality injection is due in several days and I will do it. The doc said it can take 2 or 3 months for it to be effective. But she said other patients were reporting positive results within weeks.

    1. @Porschesmom
      I also took my first dose on 11/7, my doctor wasn't surprised I hadn't gotten any relief because I was in a vicious cycle, she said we had to break the cycle first, as it was a "preventative" med which was frustrating because people were saying they had gotten immediate relief from Aimovig (which I had failed). So I did a six day inpatient stay a Jefferson Headache Clinic (which also failed) so I'm concerned the second dose due 12/7 won't help either. I will say I have not had any side effects like you have mentioned, where as I had terrible side effects with Aimovig. Hopefully, your side effects were related to something else...like the weather maybe. I'm curious to see how you do with your second dose please update and I will do the same.
      Good Luck 🍀
      Dana

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