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Friday, 15 October 2010

Therapy and Medication for Migraine Sufferers works the best

The combination of preventive medication and behavioral changes offered significant relief for 77% of participants.

"Migraines are a long-term disorder and we wanted to closely monitor participants every day for at least 16 months to find out if these treatments keep working over time," said lead author Kenneth Holroyd.

Participants were assigned randomly to have one of four treatments. One group received the combination of preventive medication (beta blockers) and behavioral migraine management, one received only the medication, one received only the behavioral therapy, and one served as a control group.

The combined therapy group showed the greatest improvement in the number of migraines, days with migraine and in quality of life, the researchers report.

A small percentage of participants reported fatigue as a side effect of the preventive medication, and some participants reported lack of time to learn or practice the behavioral techniques. But used consistently and together, the two approaches were effective for prevention and management of migraines.




These findings could be very useful to when treating patients with frequent, hard-to-control migraines. More evidence that medication alone is not always the best course of action!

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