Identifying and treating migraines in children

Jennifer A. Tilleman, Kimberley J. Begley, Edward M. DeSimone, Ryan Valmores

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Migraines are common in the pediatric population, but they are often overlooked or misdiagnosed. Children can exhibit a variable array of symptoms that are atypical of the symptoms that occur with adult migraines. Non pharmacologic strategies, such as rest and sleep, are the preferred therapies for mild-to-moderate migraines in children. Numerous classes of drugs are available to treat acute migraine attacks. Prophylactic therapy is recommended for children whose migraines are frequent and severe. Pharmacists can provide guidance on product selection and counsel parents and adolescents on the proper use, dosing, and side effects of medications in order to maximize the effectiveness of these treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationU.S. Pharmacist
Publication statusPublished - 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy

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