Monday, April 14, 2008

IV dexamethasone helpful in treating acute migraine


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A randomized, double blind study published in the journal Neurology indicates that intravenous administration of the steroid dexamethasone to migraineurs in the emergency department is effective in relieving their pain.

Randomized Trial of IV Dexamethasone for Acute Migraine in the Emergency Department

Twenty-five percent of patients in the group receiving dexamethasone were pain free after 24 hours, while only 19% of the placebo group were pain free after 24 hours. The study's authors conclude that dexamethasone should routinely be administered to patients seeking treatment for migraines in emergency departments.

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