New Methods to Treat Migraines in Teens


Approval of triptans such as sumitriptan (Imitrex®) in the early 1990s brought about new hope for migraine sufferers. These drugs had the effect of specifically targeting Portrait of two teenage girls eating ice cream conesheadache symptoms not seen in more general pain medications.

Over time there have been ongoing efforts to improve sumitriptan. Although the injections provide the best relief because of quick absorption, oral formulations are also helpful. However, injections are not desired by everyone. The alternative is to offer benefits of quick absorption via intranasal formulation.

Thus, Northwest Clinical Research Center has the opportunity to partner with pharmaceutical company sponsor to evaluate if a new intranasal formulation is easier for young people to use. We are looking for teenage volunteers between the ages of 12 and 17 to answer this question.

Mothers and fathers that suffer from migraine headaches and have participated in our prior studies are encouraged to contact us on behalf of teenagers that may share the condition. New research volunteers are also welcome.

How We Can Help


Family on a DockComplete the contact form at the top of the page or call our office at 425-453-0404 to speak with one of our clinical staff to help you learn about the study. There is no cost to participate in the study and study participant receive the following:

✓ Medical Evaluation
✓ Investigational Medication
✓ Study Related Medical Care
✓ Compensation up to $300.00
✓ Complimentary transportation or a travel stipend

Signs and Symptoms


Migraine headaches are characterized by repeated headaches that affect one area of the head. Primarily described as throbbing or pulsing pain, various other symptoms can also be attributed to migraines, such as:

  • Visual disturbances
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Depression
  • Tingling in legs or arms
  • Loss of appetite