Pros and Cons of Blocking CGRP

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Key Questions
  • What is CGRP?
  • Why is CGRP significant during a migraine attack and in it’s treatment?
  • What is the link between CGRP and triptans, antibodies and gepants?
  • Which CGRP treatments are preventive and which are for acute use?
  • How do gepants differ from triptans?
  • What is medication overuse headache or rebound headache?
  • What are antagonists, receptors and antibodies?
  • What is the science behind effective drug treatments for the brain/migraine?
  • Are CGRP treatments more effective than other preventive treatments?
  • Are there side effects with CGRP treatment methods?
  • What are the current concerns about using CGRP treatments?
Interview Notes
Antoinette Van Den Brink

Antoinette Maassen van den Brink, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Erasmus MC, Netherlands

Dr. Antoinette Maassen van den Brink is an associate professor at the Erasmus University Medical Center Department of Pharmacology in The Netherlands. She has been studying migraine for more than 20 years, with recent emphasis on the role of female sex hormones in the disease’s neurovascular pharmacology. She serves as a board member for the Dutch Society for Gender & Health, the Dutch Pharmacological Society, the Federation of European Pharmacological Societies, the Dutch Headache Society and the European Headache Federation.

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