Isaac remembers it vividly. The way it felt to be dancing on the edge of total darkness and the wave of fear that flooded in. “I was auditioning for a Broadway show and couldn’t see the front of the stage. I was getting ready to do a split turn jump, and I had no idea where the edge of the stage was.” A migraine had almost completely obscured his vision.
As a successful Broadway dancer, choreographer and fitness trainer to stars like Jessica Chastain and Kelly Ripa, Isaac has always maintained a high pressure and highly visible career. Often triggered by stress, migraine has been a long-standing issue for him, occurring at least twice a month and sometimes more. Like so many of the nearly 40 million Americans who suffer from this disabling neurological disease, Isaac lived in a “constant state of fear” of when the next migraine would strike.
Not anymore. Today Isaac takes Nurtec® ODT (rimegepant) to stop his migraine attacks and it brings him relief within the hour—giving him the confidence he needs to do what he loves and to be fully present when it matters most.
Excited to have finally found a reliable treatment, he has partnered with Biohaven Pharmaceuticals, the company that makes it, to help address the social stigma associated with migraine and to let others know that speaking up and being vigilant about practicing good self-care can help.
Isaac also knows migraine management is complicated and depends on the individual. For him, diet and exercise play a huge role in his daily routine. As the new year approaches, he shares some healthy habits for achieving more balance during the busy holiday season:
- Take a walk between meals with friends or family … Get those steps in!
- Drink at least three liters of water every day.
- Make sure you drink a glass of water after every alcoholic beverage.
- Taste everything but don’t gorge yourself … Moderation is key!
- Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Living with migraine can mean having to make difficult tradeoffs. “It can be very isolating,” Isaac says, noting that he’s missed many family events and work commitments over the years. But he takes comfort in knowing that now he has a treatment that can help. “I know whatever my plans, I’ll have Nurtec ODT in my back pocket.”
NURTEC ODT orally disintegrating tablets is a prescription medicine that is used to treat migraine in adults. It is for the acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura and the preventive treatment of episodic migraine. It is not known if NURTEC ODT is safe and effective in children.
Important Safety Information
Do not take NURTEC ODT if you are allergic to NURTEC ODT (rimegepant) or any of its ingredients.
Before you take NURTEC ODT, tell your healthcare provider (HCP) about all your medical conditions, including if you:
- have liver problems,
- have kidney problems,
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant,
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
Tell your HCP about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
NURTEC ODT may cause serious side effects including allergic reactions, including trouble breathing and rash. This can happen days after you take NURTEC ODT. Call your HCP or get emergency help right away if you have swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, or throat or trouble breathing. This occurred in less than 1% of patients treated with NURTEC ODT.
The most common side effects of NURTEC ODT were nausea (2.7%) and stomach pain/indigestion (2.4%). These are not the only possible side effects of NURTEC ODT. Tell your HCP if you have any side effects.
You are encouraged to report side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088 or report side effects to Biohaven at 1-833-4NURTEC.
For more information visit Nurtec.com.