Too Few Get the Best Migraine Drugs
Survey: Potentially Addictive Drugs Too Often Prescribed for Migraines
Surprisingly, the survey shows that one in five migraine sufferers are taking potentially addictive opioid or barbiturate medications when they get headaches. Just more than half of migraine patients take the newer, preferred class of triptan drugs for their headaches.This study fails to address some important questions.
- Are these patients able to safely tolerate the so-called safer options?
- Are these patients using the safer, more effective treatment drugs, but experiencing so many attacks they need other options?
- Did these patients try the so-called safer options and simply not respond?
I think increased awareness of all available options and the concerns associated with them is a good and necessary thing. However, I don't think it does anyone any good to reinforce stereotypes about people with misunderstood illnesses.
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