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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Emergency Medicine

Advisor

Dr. Elyse Watkins

Abstract

Emergency Department providers face challenges with the treatment of migraines. Many times, treatment with a single-drug therapy is not sufficient for achieving pain relief and providers then must turn to combination-drug therapy to give the patient pain relief. Patients with migraine headaches go to the Emergency Department in fear of the possibility of other underlying causes such as a stroke, infection, or a bleed in the brain. Another reason is due to the pain being so severe that they are unable to treat it at home and need stronger medications from the Emergency Department. A lot of times treatment in the Emergency Department consists of a combination of medication before the patient feels any relief from the migraine. The importance of combination-drug therapy treatment in the Emergency Department is first and foremost to provide relief for the patient.

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