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Are you ready...to treat headaches and migraines?

Eraxion/DreamstimeHeadaches and migraines are among the more common afflictions treated by pharmacists.

Besides using traditional anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medications, community pharmacists can help patients identify the type of headache they are experiencing, any possible triggers and recommend the best treatment options.

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Knock migraine pain on the head: what you and your staff need to know

 

PJ Online archives

How sumatriptan transformed the lives of millions of migraine sufferers

Triptans and selective serotonin/noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors — is there an interaction?

Guidelines for community pharmacists on the management of headache

Ask the expert question: Contraception and migraine

Other resources

You and your customers can find useful information on the following websites:

Headache (NHS Choices)

Migraine (NHS Choices)

Migraine Action

The Migraine Trust

Practice guidance published on the over-the-counter supply of sumatriptan (Imigran)

Ask the pharmacist: migraines and amitriptyline

Advice on medication overuse headache provided in latest Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin

Choosing analgesics

Choosing over-the-counter analgesics

Personalising OTC analgesia

News from the PJ Online library

Combination treatment works in migraine

High-dose aspirin effective at reducing migraine pain

Advice deemed as effective as drugs for patients with medicines overuse headache

Oxcarbazepine ineffective as prophylaxis for migraine

Commercial websites

There is a large range of over-the-counter products available for the treatment of headaches and migraines. The following websites include resources that might be useful for you and your customers:

  • The Imigran Recovery site allows patients to identify triggers for their migraines and manage their attacks.
  • The Anadin site contains information on different types of headache.
  • Information on both headache and migraine can be found on the Nurofen site.
  • 4head product information and information on different types of headache can be found on the 4head website.
  • Tips on how to deal with migraines and a trigger diary are available on the Migraleve website.
  • Boots WebMD gives patients information on different types of headache and how to live with headache/migraine attacks.

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