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Migraine

Carl Dahlöf

in Migraine and other Primary Headaches

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199545148
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607242 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199545148.003.0010

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Migraine

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Diagnosis: Taking a diagnostic history is fundamental in the management of migraine. • Acute symptomatic treatment: Acute migraine management should be tailored to the needs of the individual patient, taking into account available drugs, efficacy versus side-effects, contraindications, suitability, convenience, acceptability of route of administration, and costs. • Prophylactic treatment: The major objective of prophylactic therapy is to optimize the patient's ability to function normally by reducing frequency, duration, and intensity of attacks. • Non-pharmacological treatment: These alternatives can be recommended as complements to pharmacotherapy. • Diaries and calendars: All patients should use these tools to confirm diagnosis and follow-up of treatment. • Realistic aims of management: Migraine cannot be cured, but can be managed effectively in most cases.

Chapter.  2333 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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