What is the role of beta-blockers in the treatment of pediatric headache?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: J Ivan Lopez, MD, FAAN, FAHS; Chief Editor: George I Jallo, MD  more...
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Beta-blockers are commonly used as prophylactic therapy for childhood migraine; propranolol and nadolol are each effective. Nadolol has the advantage of being longer acting (given once daily). Beta-blockers are contraindicated in patients with asthma or diabetes, and they may cause depression in adolescents. If the patient is an athlete, beta-blockers may interfere with the patient’s performance.


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