Last updated on April 2016

Ticagrelor Therapy for RefrACTORy Migraine Study


Brief description of study

This is a prospective, open-label, single-arm pilot study treating 40 subjects to assess the hypothesis that P2Y, G protein-coupled 12 (P2Y12) inhibition with Brilinta/ticagrelor (90 mg PO twice a day) reduces episodic and/or chronic migraine headache symptoms in patients with right to left shunt. Headache frequency while on Brilinta/ticagrelor will be compared with the documented baseline for each subject. If the Brilinta/ticagrelor therapy was effective (> 50% reduction in monthly headache days), the subject could elect to continue therapy for an additional two months (56 days), while continuing to complete daily headache logs.

Detailed Study Description

Migraine headaches are poorly understood, and can be severely debilitating. Many types of drugs have been tried in migraine sufferers including anti-depressants, anti-seizure medications, blood pressure medicines and others. The investigators have shown that in a small number of patients, a certain type of blood thinner (Clopidogrel) can reduce or eliminate migraine headaches in patients who also have a hole in the heart wall that allows flow from the right side of the heart to the left. Ticagrelor is a blood thinning drug which works in the same way as the clopidogrel, but is broken down by the body differently and thus allows everyone to use it. The investigators wish to test this medication to see if it works as well, or better than the clopidogrel.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02518464

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Robert Sommer, MD

Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY United States
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Recruitment Status: Open


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