Narcotic analgesics for acute migraine in theemergency room: Are we meeting Headache Societies' guidelines?

Mohammad Wasay, K. S. Zaki, S. U. Khan, R. Rehmani

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Abstract

We analysed 161 patients with acute migraine in our emergency room (ER) to identify the use of narcotic analgesics as first-line treatment. Twenty-four percent of patients were treated with opioid analgesics and 76% patients were treated with non-opioid analgesics. Pain was completely relieved in 100 (62%) patients, partially relieved in 50 (31%) patients and was not relieved in 11 (7%) patients at the time of discharge. Pain relief was not related to the use of opioids vs. non-opioids. The treatment of acute migraine in our ER is in line with the guidelines of the Headache Societies and needs further improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-415
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Headache and Pain
Volume7
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006

Keywords

  • Emergency room
  • Guidelines
  • Migraine
  • Narcotics

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