In 2004, an expert panel developed recommendations for the use of preventive medication in the treatment of migraine.1
According to the US Headache Consortium there are four goals for preventive treatment.14
- Decrease attack frequency by 50% and duration
- Improve responsiveness to acute therapy
- Improve function and decrease disability
- Prevent medication overuse headache and chronic daily headache
Preventive treatment is particularly important for those who experience an impact on their daily lives.1
The preventive treatment options currently available have made an impact on patient lives. In fact, patients have seen a 50% reduction in migraine diagnosis-related office and other outpatient visits and an 80% decrease in emergency department visits with a migraine diagnosis.17
However, challenges remain. In fact, less than 20% of patients continued use of certain common oral preventive medications after one year.18 Therefore it is critically important to continually assess your patients' progress against their personalized goals and consider various approaches.
Access the downloadable resource below to learn more about the challenges associated with patient adherence and persistence.