Aimovig

Aimovig is used to prevent migraine in adults. Aimovig is injected under your skin (subcutaneously) 1 time each month.

Aimovig Overview

Reviewed: June 25, 2018
Updated: 

Aimovig is used to prevent migraines in adults. 

Aimovig belongs to a group of drugs called CGRP receptor antagonists. CGRP stands for calcitonin gene-related peptide. The CGRP receptors found in the brain are the ones that are thought to be connected to migraine. CGRP attaches to and activates the CGRP receptor, which may play a key role in migraine. Aimovig blocks the CGRP receptor so CGRP cannot attach to it. 

This medication comes as a solution in an autoinjector or prefilled syringe and is to be injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) once monthly.

Common side effects include pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site and constipation. 

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Aimovig Cautionary Labels

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Uses of Aimovig

Aimovig is a prescription medicine used for the preventive treatment of migraine in adults. It is not known if Aimovig is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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Aimovig Drug Class

Aimovig is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Aimovig

Serious side effects have been reported with Aimovig. See the “Aimovig Precautions” section.

Common side effects of Aimovig include:

  • pain, redness, or swelling at injection sites
  • constipation

This is not a complete list of Aimovig side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you or that do not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Aimovig Interactions

No drug interactions have been determined by the manufacturer. However, you should tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Not all drug interactions are known or reported and new drug interactions are continually being reported.

Aimovig Precautions

Serious side effects have been reported with Aimovig including:

  • Allergic reactions, including rash or swelling can happen after receiving Aimovig. This can happen within hours to days after using Aimovig. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical help right away if you have any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction:
    • swelling of the face, mouth, tongue or throat
    • trouble breathing

Aimovig Food Interactions

No known food interactions.

Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Aimovig, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.

Inform MD

Before taking Aimovig, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:

  • are allergic to Aimovig or to any of its ingredients
  • are allergic to rubber or latex. The needle shield within the white or orange cap of the single-dose prefilled SureClick autoinjectors and the gray needle cap of the single-dose prefilled syringes contain dry natural rubber.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Aimovig and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

There are no well-done studies that have been done in humans with Aimovig. In animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication, and the babies did not show any medical issues related to this medication.

Aimovig and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

It is not known if Aimovig crosses into human milk. Because many medications can cross into human milk and because of the possibility for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants with use of this medication, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or stop the use of this medication. Your doctor and you will decide if the benefits outweigh the risk of using Aimovig.

Aimovig Usage

Take Aimovig exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it and follow the detailed "Instructions for Use" on how to take Aimovig.

Before you inject, always check the label of your single-dose prefilled autoinjector or single-dose prefilled syringe to make sure you have the correct medicine and the correct dose of Aimovig.

Aimovig is injected under your skin (subcutaneously) 1 time each month.

Aimovig comes in 2 different types of devices: a single-dose (1 time) prefilled autoinjector or a single-dose (1 time) prefilled syringe. Your healthcare provider will prescribe the type and dose that is best for you.

If you forget to take Aimovig or are not able to take the dose at the regular time, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. After that, you can continue to take Aimovig 1 time each month from the date of your last dose.

Aimovig Dosage

Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The dose your doctor recommends may be based on the following:

  • the condition being treated
  • other medical conditions you have
  • other medications you are taking
  • how you respond to this medication
  • your weight
  • your height
  • your age
  • your gender

The recommended dose of Aimovig for the prevention of migraine in adults is 70 mg monthly. A 140 mg dose may be recommended for some patients.

Aimovig Overdose

If you take too much Aimovig, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.

Other Requirements

  • Store Aimovig in the refrigerator between 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
  • Keep Aimovig in the original carton. This will protect the medicine from light.
  • After removing Aimovig from the refrigerator, it can be stored at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C) for up to 7 days.
  • Throw away Aimovig that has been left at room temperature for more than 7 days.
  • Do not freeze.
  • Do not shake. Keep Aimovig and all medicines out of the reach of children.