Prophylactic migraine medicine is given on a daily basis to prevent the occurrence of migraine as much as possible. Acute migraine treatment is given to rid ongoing attacks. The majority of migraineurs do not use the acute anti-migraine drugs, the triptans.  This is most likely due to relatively low efficacy.  Prophylactic treatments can bring on withdrawals, and adverse side effects.  It’s the opinion of these researchers that there is a need for new acute anti-migraine drugs.  It has been estimated that approximately 2% of the adult population need prophylactic medicine due to frequent migraine attacks.  There may be an even greater need for new prophylactic drugs than for acute migraine drug treatment…. DocGuide.com     Tfelt-Hansen P, Olesen J.

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