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Heat may trigger migraines

FDA approves new drug to help relieve pain

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville is cooking. The first day of summer brought in the hottest day this year, with a high of 98 degrees, and some are feeling the pain of headaches. 

People who suffer from migraines might be more sensitive to the high heat index. But it's not just the hot temperatures. The baking sun's glare and dehydrating effects on the body add to the pain.

Tia Keitt told News4Jax on Friday that she suffers from migraines, especially during the summer.

"I have a strategy," Keitt said. "I walk in the shade and I try to run errands either early in the morning or after 6-7 (p.m.)."

But there's a new medication that could soon help relieve pain for those who experience migraines at this time of year.

In May, a new drug called Aimovig, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, came on the market to treat adult migraines.

The treatment is given by once-monthly self-injections. Aimovig is the first FDA-approved preventive migraine treatment that aims to reduce the number of migraines by one to two each month.

Because the drug is designed specifically for migraines, Aimovig seems to have fewer daily side effects, and people may be able to take it for longer periods of time.

But paying the yearly out-of-pocket cost of $6,900 could cause another headache.

The heat is expected to last for several more months, so you may want to try natural ways to cope, such as staying inside during peak afternoon heat or adjusting your schedule to take advantage of the morning hours.

Be sure to wear sunglasses and drink plenty of water at all times since dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness.

Wearing light-colored clothing may also help.