For some time, it was theorized that the nausea that many people occur during a Migraine attack may, in part, be caused by gastric stasis. In simple terms, gastric stasis is delayed emptying of the stomach.
Research has shown that the nausea of Migraine isn't caused by gastric stasis, but gastric stasis is still thought to be one reason why some Migraineurs don't respond well to oral medications during a Migraine attack.
This is one reason that in addition to the current injection and nasal spray medications available for aborting a Migraine, there are two new Migraine medications awaiting FDA approval:
- Zelrix: A sumatriptan patch - for more information, see FDA Approval of Zelrix Migraine Patch Delayed.
- Levadex: Orally inhaled dihydroergotamine - for more information, see Migraine Medication Levadex - Awaiting FDA Approval, TEMPO Patent Granted.
You can find more information about gastric stasis in Study Ties Gastric Stasis to Migraine Disease.
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© Teri Robert, 2013
Last updated December 4, 2013.