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Aimovig Injection But Not The Expected Relief

After being treated for Chronic Migraines for 2 years, my Physician Assistant suggested discussing new meds on the market. I agreed to try Aimovig for the first time this past Tuesday. I had a migraine that afternoon after, one 2 days later, and am experiencing a mild one today. Should this happen? I feel depressed and am disappointed, feeling like a failure.

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Comments

  • teresa3756
    1 month ago

    I have been taking Ajovy for a yr now. I believe they are similar.I do get breakthrough headaches, but nothing like I was getting. I was told I could still take an imitrex if needed, and I have. Every month seems to be different. Some months I will only experience a mild headache that goes away on its own and sometimes i need a little help. Maybe give it some more time. 🙂

  • rosie716 author
    1 month ago

    Thank you for responding, Teresa. I guess I got anxious. I do need to give it time. The barometer was crazy and I didn’t have a migraine!!! First time in ages!!!

  • Holly Harding Baddour moderator
    1 month ago

    Hi Rosie- So glad you shared your story. Sorry to hear you are living with chronic migraine- it is such a challenge. Aimovig often takes longer than a few days to take effect so don’t lose hope just yet. Also, for many people, one of the CGRPs doesn’t work at all, when another works great. For me personally, Aimovig didn’t work, but Emgality has been quite impactful. Others report the opposite. It’s different for everyone- but generally many migraine specialists suggest sticking with a CGRP for a few months to really evaluate its efficacy. That said, I understand your upset- there’s been so much talk about placing hopes in these treatments- that when we try them, we want to experience a turnaround right away and when we don’t, it can be a huge letdown.

    We have a forum dedicated to Aimovig where our community members are sharing their experiences with the treatment here: https://migraine.com/topic/tried-newly-approved-aimovig-share-experience/ You might take a look to see how others have been impacted by the drug- better or worse. Here’s another forum dedicated to those for whom Aimovig specifically did NOT work: https://migraine.com/topic/aimovig-unsuccessful-for-me/

    As to the question of affordability- this is a hot topic. We have an article on this issue here with some good community feedback in the comment section following the piece that you might be interested in reading as well:https://migraine.com/living-migraine/cost-wellness-affording-cgrps/

    Again, please don’t lose hope. There are other CGRPs out there (Emgality and Ajovy) and while getting a doctor to provide a prior authorization is a pain it’s not at all impossible. It’s just some extra paperwork that may have to be done annually. If the treatment works for you, it’s just a simple paperwork hurdle for the doctor’s office. That’s part of their job.

    Hope this helps. Please stay in touch and know we’re thinking of you. So glad you’re a part of our community.

  • rosie716 author
    1 month ago

    Thank you for responding! I have gained more knowledge about the whole process since being a part of this. I think that I expected things to happen quicker. However, I have experienced some bad weather/migraine trigger days and NO migraine!! This is the first time in ages!! Thank you for your support!

  • rosie716 author
    1 month ago

    Also, I’ve been having insurance problems with the coverage of Aimovig and a different nasal spray migraine med. I do have the “Access cards” to relieve costs. However, apparently my insurance wants my doctor to complete prior authorization. Any one else having these problems?

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