Nurtec ODT: Migraine Fad or Hack?
We’ve noticed a lot of buzz recently surrounding Nurtec, a migraine medication launched in March 2020. Though the buzz seems to be more their celebrity ambassador, Khloe Kardashian, we’re here to provide some helpful information as to what Nurtec ODT is and if it’ll help you with your migraine pain.
What is Nurtec ODT?
According to the Mayo Clinic, Nurtec ODT (active ingredient Rimegepant) is a prescription drug used to treat “acute migraine headaches” and “prevent episodic migraine headaches”. Nurtec is not your typical pain reliever. It is specifically for migraines that can’t be treated by over-the-counter pain relievers. This means that Nurtec ODT only works for migraines, not any other kind of pain.
Nurtec ODT is a CGRP or calcitonin gene-related peptide inhibitor medicine. CGRP is being studied as a cause of migraine headaches, as inhibiting its production could help prevent said migraines.
Nurtec ODT is available as a disintegrating tablet in a 75-milligram dose.
What are Nurtec ODT’s Side Effects?
Nurtec ODT requires a prescription from your doctor to obtain for a good reason. Consult your doctor or healthcare provider to see if this medication will fit well with your current health plan (i.e. other medications, supplements, allergies, etc.). Below we’ve listed some side effects of Nurtec ODT, according to Healthline, to be cognizant of before consumption.
Mild reactions to Nurtec ODT include:
- Belly pain
- Upset stomach
- Mild allergic reaction
Serious side effects of Nurtec ODT are not common, but you should call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Skin rash
- Flushing (warmth, redness, or deepening of skin color)
- Shortness of breath
If you are having a medical emergency while on Nurtec ODT, it is vital that you call 911, not your doctor, as they will assist you more quickly in an emergency.
While Nurtec ODT is FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved, you should always consult your doctor/healthcare provider before adding a new prescription medication to your current healthcare plan.