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Turkey approves two vaccines that prevent migraine attacks – Health News

Two new vaccines have been introduced for migraine, which reduces the quality of life of 16.4% of the population in Turkey. Two months ago, the Ministry of Health approved the vaccines that have been used in the world for about three years.

According to the news of Meltem Özgenç from Hürriyet newspaper, Turkish Neurological Association Member Prof. Dr. Necdet Karlı said the following about vaccines:


“Migraine is a very common headache. The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks migraine as the leading cause of disability in women under the age of 50. When this age group has migraine attacks, they cannot go to work and lag behind their social lives. Compared to diabetes, for example, migraine affects many more people. There is a population of 50 million adults in Turkey. 25 million of them are women. 6 million of these women suffer from migraine.

There are 3 million men with migraine. In fact, three out of four, approximately 7.5 million people, suffer from headaches 4 days a month or more. Moreover, in a group of patients, things are even worse. These people may experience headaches 8-10 days a month. Migraine is a disease that affects people very much if left untreated. We used to give preventive treatment before. So we were trying to prevent the pain from coming with medication. However, none of these drugs were drugs for the essence of migraine. They were drugs produced for other diseases such as some heart, some blood pressure, some epilepsy.

BETWEEN 1500-3000 TL

There is CGRP molecule in the body. This is a molecule that causes pain in migraine. An antibody has been developed against this molecule. There are two variants of this. One is an antibody against the molecule itself, and the other against the point where the molecule attaches. The effectiveness of both is the same. These two antibodies inhibit the activity of the CGRP molecule. Therefore, the formation of pain is prevented and an attack does not occur. Their effectiveness is 60-80% and there are no significant side effects. For the first time in history, a drug against migraine was produced. It started to be used around the world three years ago. In Turkey, it was approved two months ago. These vaccines should be given to the patient once a month for about a year. Then it is gradually reduced and cut off. The price is between 1500 TL and 3 thousand TL. It has not been included in the payment yet. These vaccines are especially effective in chronic migraine patients who suffer more than 15 days a month.


Migraine has many triggers. These include insomnia, hunger and stress. Weather conditions, fast climbing stairs, bright light, cigarette smoke, sunlight, menstrual period in women are also effective. One of these factors is the type of food. Alcohol, excessive consumption of coffee, tea can trigger migraine. Cheese can be a trigger for some people and chocolate for others. Foods that some people are allergic to can also cause migraine attacks. Avoiding these foods can be effective at times, but not as effective as avoiding insomnia and hunger.”

1 out of 4 women live

Migraines are twice as common in women as in men. One out of every 4 women has migraine. Although it is a very common disease, it is an under-recognized and under-treated disease. Only one-tenth of the people who normally need treatment can reach treatment, because the rate of diagnosis in physicians is low.

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