Aimovig : Uses, Side Effects, Interactions & More
Why is this medication prescribed?
Aimovig (Erenumab-aooe) injection is used to help prevent migraines (severe, throbbing headaches that are sometimes accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to sound or light). Aimovig injection is in a class of medications called monoclonal antibodies. It works by blocking the action of a certain natural substance in the body that causes migraines.
How should this medicine be used?
Aimovig (Erenumab-aooe) injection comes as a solution (liquid) that is injected subcutaneously (under the skin). It is usually given once a month. Use Aimovig injection on about the same day every month. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any parts you do not understand. Use Aimovig injection exactly as directed. Do not use more or less or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
You may be able to inject the medicine yourself at home or ask a friend or family member to give you the injections. Ask your doctor to show you or the person who will be giving the injections how to inject the medicine.
Aimovig injection comes as a pre-filled syringe and as a pre-filled autoinjector. Allow the syringe and autoinjector to warm up to room temperature for 30 minutes away from direct sunlight before injecting the medicine. Do not try to warm the medicine by heating it in a microwave, placing it in hot water, or by any other method. Use each syringe or autoinjector only once and inject all of the solution into the syringe. Dispose of the used syringes and autoinjector in a puncture resistant container. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how to dispose of the puncture resistant container.
Inject Aimovig injection into the thigh or stomach. If someone else is going to inject the medicine, that person can also inject it into your upper arm. Do not inject into an area where the skin is tender, thick, bruised, red, scaly, hard, or with scars or stretch marks.
Always look at Aimovig before you inject. It should be clear and colorless. Do not use Aimovig injection if it is colored, cloudy, or contains flakes or solid particles. Do not shake it.
If your doctor tells you to inject two separate injections one after the other, use a different autoinjector or syringe for each injection. If you use the same site on the body (upper arm, thigh, or stomach) for the two separate injections, make sure the second injection is not in exactly the same place that it was used for the first injection.
Aimovig injection helps prevent migraines but does not cure them. Keep taking your Aimovig injection even if you feel fine. Do not stop using Aimovig injection without talking to your doctor.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient.
Other uses for this medicine
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using Aimovig injection,
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Aimovig, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in Aimovig injection, such as latex. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients. If you are going to use the pre-filled syringe or auto-injector, tell your doctor if you or the person who will inject the medicine is allergic to rubber or latex.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you closely for side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had high blood pressure.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using Aimovig injection, call your doctor.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you forget to inject your dose at the usual time, take it as soon as you remember. Then continue your dosing schedule from the date of your last dose.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Aimovig injection may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- injection site pain, redness, or itching
- muscle spasms
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:
- rash; hives; itching; swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, and eyes; or difficulty swallowing or breathing
Aimovig injection may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while using this medicine.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor can submit a report online to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medicine in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store in the refrigerator and away from light, excess heat, and moisture (not in the bathroom). If removed from the refrigerator, it can be stored at room temperature in the original container for up to 7 days. Throw away Aimovig injection if it has been left at room temperature for more than 7 days. Do not freeze.
It is important to keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children, as many containers (such as those containing weekly pills and those for eye drops, creams, patches and inhalers) are not child-resistant and small children can easily open them. To protect young children from poisoning, always close the safety caps and immediately place the medicine in a safe place, one that is upright and out of their sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org
Unnecessary medications must be disposed of in special ways to ensure they cannot be consumed by pets, children, and others. However, you should not flush this medicine down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medications is through a drug take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage / recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. Check out the FDA drug safe disposal website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Information is also available online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. If the victim collapsed, had a seizure, is having trouble breathing, or is unable to wake up, immediately call 911 for emergency services.
What other information should I know?
Keep all your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor will monitor your blood pressure regularly during your treatment with Aimovig injection.
Don’t let anyone use your medicine. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important that you keep a written list of all prescription and over-the-counter (over-the-counter) medications you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should take this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you go into hospital. It is also important information to take with you in case of emergencies.
Disclaimer: We have made every effort to ensure that all information is factually accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a licensed health care professional’s choice of knowledge and expertise. You should always consult your doctor or other health care professional before taking any medication. The information given here is subject to change and it has not been used to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions or adverse effects. The lack of warning or other information for any drug does not indicate that the combination of medicine or medication is safe, effective or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.