Aimovig is an FDA-approved medication used to prevent both episodic and chronic migraine headaches in adults. It contains an active ingredient called erenumab, which is a monoclonal antibody. Aimovig comes in two strengths: 70mg/mL and 140mg/mL.
Generic name: erenumab
Brand name: Aimovig
Drug class: CGRP inhibitors
Aimovig is used for the preventive treatment of migraine in adults.
How To Use Aimovig
Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for using Aimovig. Read all medication guides or instruction sheets and follow all directions on your prescription label.
Aimovig is injected once a month under the skin (subcutaneously). A healthcare provider may show you how to use the drug properly on your own. Take one injection if your healthcare provider recommends the 70 mg dose. Take two consecutive injections, one after the other, if your healthcare practitioner has prescribed the 140 mg dose for you.
Use a different prefilled autoinjector or prefilled syringe for each injection. If you wish to use the same body location for both injections, be sure the second one isn’t in the same place as the first.
Any instructions for use that came with your medicine should be read and followed carefully. If you don’t comprehend all of the directions for proper use, don’t use Aimovig. If you have any concerns, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Only make your Aimovig injection when you’re ready to administer it. If the medicine has changed colors or has particles in it, do not use it. For new medication, contact your pharmacist.
Each prefilled syringe or autoinjector is only good for one use. Even if there is still medicine inside, throw it away after one use. If you shake the syringe or autoinjector, the drug may be ruined.
If you move to a new brand, strength, or form of this medicine, your dose requirements may change. Use just the kind and strength of medication that your doctor recommends to avoid medication errors.
Keep Aimovig refrigerated in its original carton, away from heat and light. Do not allow yourself to become frozen. Before injecting your dose, remove the drug from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature for 30 minutes. Sunlight should be avoided. Do not heat the medicine in a microwave or with hot water.
The drug can be kept at room temperature for up to 7 days. Only use a needle and syringe once before storing them in a puncture-resistant “sharps” container. Follow your state’s or municipality’s regulations for how to dispose of this container. Keep it out of children’s and pets’ reach.
The following side effects can be associated with taking Aimovig. They include mild and severe side effects.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information on potential adverse effects. They can provide you with advice on how to deal with any unpleasant side effects.
Mild side effects include:
- muscle cramps
- muscle spasms
- injection site reactions (redness, itchy skin, pain)
Severe side effects include:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Allergic reaction
Severe side effects are uncommon, but they can happen. If you experience any major side effects, contact your doctor at once. If your symptoms are life-threatening or you believe you’re having a medical emergency, dial 911 or your local emergency number.
Always read the label of your single-dose prefilled autoinjector or single-dose prefilled syringe before injecting Aimovig to ensure you have the correct medication and dose.
Follow the directions on the label and container of your drug. All of your medical conditions, allergies, and medications should be disclosed to each of your healthcare providers.