Emgality: 18 Months Later
I’ve been suffering from migraine disease since my twenties and, over time they have progressively gotten worse. I have tried more medications than I can remember, and have failed so many therapy regimens that it is depressing to think about!
The cost of wellness
I persevered and worked with my neurologist, who is also a headache specialist, and found a good therapy regimen. I started the CGRP (calcitonin gene-related peptide) drugs with a good degree of hope.
My experience with Ajovy
The first medication I tried was Ajovy. I found that by the third month it was working on the pain aspect of my attacks. For me, that was a huge help as I was suffering from painful migraines almost daily for about a year. The problem with Ajovy was that my insurance wouldn’t cover the drug after the third month. I was extremely frustrated, to say the least! I had finally found something that worked and now it was taken from me because I couldn’t afford the $800.00 price tag of the monthly injection.
The search for another option
The search was on again for another drug that I could take that would give me similar results. I again went to my neurologist for help finding a new therapy regimen and we found that Emgality, which is another CGRP drug, would be covered by my insurance.
The beginning of Emgality
I started that in October of 2019. I was very pleased to find that it worked very much like Ajovy in that it really helped the pain of my migraine attacks. I currently am suffering from intractable, chronic migraines. I am in a constant cycle of prodrome, aura, attack, and postdrome, but with Emgality, I get some respite during the attack part of the cycle. I guess you could say that I am now suffering from silent migraines. I still have all the symptoms and baggage associated with a typical migraine cycle which is still impacting my daily life.
Emgality has been a huge win for me. I will definitely take a pain-free migraine attack any day. The side effects I experience from Emgality are mild constipation. I am fortunate that I have tolerated the drug very well. I do still get breakthrough attacks where I do experience the pain of an attack. I have also begun using Nurtec ODT to help with breakthrough attacks. I have noticed that these attacks come during the ending of my Emgality cycle. I take Emgality once every 28 days so about day 20 or so it feels like the benefits wear off. Even though I do have breakthrough attacks they are milder as compared to before I was using the CGRP drugs.
A win-win with CGRPs
Overall I am happy with Emgality. My insurance continues to cover it so that is a plus! I don’t know what I will do if that changes. I know there are payment assistance programs to help pay for the medications. I still experience mild constipation, but that is taken care of easily with a fiber supplement. I plan on continuing to use Emgality until it is no longer effective. I would encourage anyone who is suffering from migraine disease to talk to their doctor about trying the CGRP drugs. Do your homework and make an informed decision using your doctor as an asset. I do feel the risk is worth the reward!
When it comes to planning vacations or other events where travel is required, how much does migraine factor into your decision-making?