$13 Billion Dollar Migraine


As we know, migraine headaches can be quite debilitating.  One study shows that the cost of missed work days and impaired performance from migraine headaches in the United States totals about $13 Billion dollars for one year.  Really?!?!, $13 billion dollars?  That is a humongous number. 
http://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0101/p72.html

One big issue here is the consistency of preventative migraine treatment.  It is estimated that only 50% of regular migraine sufferers utilize some sort of preventative migraine medication treatment.  Taking a preventative medication on a regular basis may actually decrease the frequency of migraine headaches by 50%.

There are quite a few factors that come in to consideration when deciding if you are a candidate for preventative migraine treatment.  If you can say yes to any of the following situations, you should make an appointment with your doctor to discuss the option of preventative therapy.

·         Two or more migraines per month.

·         Migraine pain disability lasting three or more days per month.

·         Inadequate acute migraine treatment regimen.

·         Use of acute migraine medication two or more times per week.

·         Other uncommon migraine condition.

 Three medications currently have FDA approved indications for migraine prophylaxis treatment:

·         Divalproex (Depakote-TM)

·         Propranolol (Inderal-TM)

·         Topiramate (Topamax-TM)

Many other medications are also used for preventative migraine therapy.  A complete article describing the 2012 guidelines for prevention of episodic migraine headaches written by the American Headache Society can be seen here.
http://www.headachejournal.org/SpringboardWebApp/userfiles/headache/file/AHS-AAN%20Guidelines.pdf

Tolearn about any of the medications used for preventative migraine treatment,please register to become a member of AudibleRxTM.  For $14.95 your will have full access to allof the Medication Specific Counseling Sessions.  

You may also be interested in reading the following:
Acute Migraine Treatment

Thanks
Steve
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