New device for preventing migraines approved by FDA

By Laura Hundemer,

The very first device used to prevent migraines has recently been approved by the FDA. The device called Cefaly will take the place of migraine drugs.

According to Crescent News, Christy Foreman, director of the Office of Device Evaluation at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said, "This may help patients who cannot tolerate current migraine medications for preventing migraines or treating attacks.”

Cefaly is worn like a headband and produces a low current of electricity that stimulates the trigeminal nerve. It will bring immediate relief to migraine sufferers and can be used even before migraine pain sets in.

According to The Almagest, the device will be available with a prescription to users over age 18. The FDA recommends that it is used once a day for 20 minutes.

The device is portable and battery-operated. It is a tremendous step in medicine, seeing as migraine headaches can be debilitating and affect about ten percent of the population globally.

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