Preventive migraine treatment with eptinezumab reduced acute headache medication and headache frequency to below diagnostic thresholds in patients with chronic migraine and medication-overuse headache. Headache Marmura, M. J., Diener, H., Cowan, R. P., Tepper, S. J., Diamond, M. L., Starling, A. J., Hirman, J., Mehta, L., Brevig, T., Cady, R. 2021


OBJECTIVE: This post hoc analysis in patients medically diagnosed with chronic migraine (CM) and medication-overuse headache (MOH) evaluated reductions in the use of acute headache medication (AHM) and sustained changes in the diagnostic status of CM and MOH following eptinezumab treatment in the PROMISE-2study.BACKGROUND: Eptinezumab, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits calcitonin gene-related peptide, is approved in the United States for the preventive treatment of migraine. A previous analysis showed that eptinezumab reduced monthly migraine days and was well tolerated in the subgroup of PROMISE-2 patients diagnosed with both CM and MOH.METHODS: The phase 3, double-blind, placebo-controlled PROMISE-2study (NCT02974153) randomized adults with CM to eptinezumab 100 mg, 300mg, or placebo (administered intravenously every 12weeks for up to two doses). MOH was prospectively diagnosed at screening by trained physicians based on 3months of medication history and International Classification of Headache Disorders-3beta criteria. This post hoc analysis evaluated changes in total and class-specific days of AHM usage, the percentage of patients using AHM at or above MOH diagnostic thresholds, and the percentage of patients experiencing monthly headache and migraine day frequency below diagnostic thresholds for MOH and/or CM.RESULTS: In PROMISE-2, 431/1072 (40.2%) patients with CM were diagnosed with MOH (eptinezumab 100mg, n=139; 300mg, n=147; placebo, n=145) and were included in this analysis. Total monthly AHM use decreased from 20.6days/month at baseline to 10.6days/month over 24weeks of treatment (49% decrease) with eptinezumab 100mg, from 20.7 to 10.5days/month (49% decrease) with eptinezumab 300mg, and from 19.8 to 14.0days/month (29% decrease) with placebo. Numerically greater decreases from baseline with eptinezumab were also observed for individual drug classes. In each study month, the percentages of patients who were below MOH thresholds were numerically higher for both eptinezumab doses compared with placebo, as were the percentages of patients experiencing headache and migraine frequency below CM thresholds. Of patients with available data across the entire treatment period, 29.0% (58/200) of patients treated with eptinezumab stopped meeting and remained below diagnostic thresholds for both CM and MOH during Weeks 1-24, as well as 6.3% (6/96) of patients who received placebo.CONCLUSIONS: Across 24weeks of treatment, eptinezumab reduced AHM use in patients diagnosed with CM and MOH. More than one-fourth (29%) of patients treated with eptinezumab did not meet the diagnostic thresholds for either CM or MOH for the entire treatment period.

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