When are prophylactic drugs indicated in the treatment of migraine in children?

Updated: Jan 31, 2018
  • Author: William C Robertson, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Amy Kao, MD  more...
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The primary goals of prophylactic drugs are to prevent migraine attacks and to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks. Half of all patients experience at most a 50% reduction in migraines. Most prophylactic migraine medications have potential adverse effects; therefore, consider only patients with 1-2 attacks per week (4 or more headache days monthly) for prophylaxis.


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