Migraine is a common condition in primary care, and the pharmacist is often the first healthcare provider who is consulted by a patient who has migraine.
Migraine is a type of headache characterised by attacks that each last from 4 to 72 hours. Typically, the headache is unilateral, pulsating, moderate or severe in intensity, aggravated by routine physical activity, and associated with nausea, sensitivity to light and/or sensitivity to sound.
Migraine is a debilitating condition that can severely affect the quality of life of the migraine sufferer. Migraine is not just a severe headache – it is a syndrome consisting of different phases, each with its own distinct pattern and symptoms.
This module covers the various types of migraine, explains why and how they occur and describes the characteristic symptoms. The various trigger factors are discussed in detail and practical advice on how these can be avoided or managed is provided.
The various treatments available for managing acute migraine attacks and for the prevention of migraine in chronic sufferers are explained. Non-pharmacological treatment options are also covered as well as the management of migraine in specific patient groups.