What is Ubrelvy? | Information & FAQ | TheSocialMedwork



Article reviewed by Dr. Jan de Witt

Article last updated on 26/1/2021


What is Ubrelvy?

Ubrelvy (ubrogepant) is a prescription medicine indicated for the acute treatment of migraine headaches with or without aura. It is the first medicine in a new class of acute migraine treatments called alcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonist. Unlike older migraine medications, it directly blocks a protein, known as CGRP, which is believed to play an important role in migraine attacks.1

It is available in tablet form containing 50 mg or 100 mg ubrogepant.1


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Is Ubrelvy a preventative medicine?

No, Ubrelvy does not prevent migraine headache. Ubrelvy is indicated for the acute treatment of migraines. It is specifically designed to treat migraine pain and most debilitating symptoms, including light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, or nausea.2


What are the side effects of Ubrelvy?

The most common side effects (1-10% of patients) listed in the prescribing information include:1

  • Nausea
  • Tiredness (fatigue)
  • Dry mouth

Does Ubrelvy cause weight loss?

Ubrelvy is not known to cause changes in weight. Weight loss can be a side effect of other medicines used to prevent migraine attacks. Migraine can cause loss of appetite during or after an attack, so having frequent attacks could cause weight loss over time.3


Is Ubrelvy a pill?

Yes, Ubrelvy is a pill. It comes in tablet form containing either 50 mg or 100 mg ubrogepant.1


How many Ubrelvy pills can you take in a day?

The standard dosage of Ubrelvy is 50 mg or 100 mg. A second dose may be administered at least 2 hours after the initial dose for pain relief. The maximum dose in a 24 hour period is 200 mg.1


Can you take Ubrelvy every day?

Ubrelvy is not meant to be used as a long-term treatment. It is not recommended to take Ubrelvy to treat more than 8 migraines per month (a period of 30 days).1


How long does Ubrelvy take to work?

Ubrelvy has been found to relieve pain partially or even completely within two hours. Many people experienced pain relief in as little as one hour. These results were seen when Ubrelvy was taken within 4 hours of onset of a migraine attack.2


Is Ubrelvy a narcotic?

No, Ubrelvy is not a narcotic (opioid) nor a controlled substance. Opioids are also used for pain relief, but long-term use can lead to physical dependance and may result in fatal overdose. Because opioids are addictive, they are often controlled substances. Ubrelvy does not cause addiction.3


References:

  1. Ubrelvy (ubrogepant) - Thesocialmedwork.com
  2. Access.fda.gov
  3. Ubrelvy.com
  4. Ubrelvy - Medicalnewstoday.com

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