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Transcutaneous electrical stimulation of the supraorbital nerve uses electrical current from a small battery-operated device that stimulates nerves in the forehead. The patient operates the device, which aims to relieve pain and reduce the number and severity of migraine attacks.
The device is a headband with a button connected to an electrode patch, which sticks to the forehead above the eyebrows. When the device is switched on, small electrical pulses stimulate the nerves under the skin. The device is used for about 20 minutes every day and the patient can increase the intensity of the electrical pulses. It can be used to treat attacks when they occur, and between attacks to try to reduce the number or severity of attacks.