[Migraine therapy in general practice 2006]

Hartmut Göbel
MMW Fortschritte der Medizin 2006 May 15, Spec no. 2: 69-70, 72-4
Migraine therapy consists of two elements, prophylaxis and abortive treatment, for each of which both drug and nondrug strategies are available. To stop mild migraine attacks, analgesics and antiemetics are employed; for severe attacks, triptans are necessary. Triptans differ in their efficacy, tolerance, speed of onset of effect and duration of effect. Moreover, there are different pharmaceutical forms. Triptans are contraindicated for coronary, cerebral and peripheral vascular diseases and, likewise, during pregnancy. They are not suitable for emergency treatment.

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