What is included in emergency department (ED) care for migraine in children?

Updated: Jan 31, 2018
  • Author: William C Robertson, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Amy Kao, MD  more...
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An adult-sized patient can be pretreated with 0.5-1mg of lorazepam. IV fluids can be administered concurrently; hydration often is helpful. After 15-30 minutes, the patient is then administered 0.5mg of haloperidol to prevent nausea. This is followed in 30 minutes by 0.5mg of DHE. In many patients, the headache is aborted or significantly relieved with this protocol.


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