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Guidelines are released for treating migraines

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The U.S. Headache Consortium recently released comprehensive, evidence-based guidelines for aggressive diagnosis, treatment and prevention of migraine headaches, a condition affecting one in 10 Americans.

Some of the guidelines include using the patient's neurologic history and exam to diagnose migraines and imaging like CT scans and MRIs; recommending drugs from a variety of classes combined with behavioral therapies; individualizing treatment for acute care; considering over-the-counter and prescription medications for acute episodes; and educating patients to participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of individual proactive treatment plans

Initially, guidelines will be available to physicians and other health-care providers. A shorter, more user-friendly version is slated for publication in Neurology later this summer.