What medications have been effective for your child's abdominal migraines?
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Medications to treat abdominal migraine
Types of medications that may be used to manage abdominal migraine include:
Analgesic drugs, such as nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) or
(Imitrex, Alsuma), a member of the triptan
class of drugs used to treat migraine in adults, has been used to treat some
older children with abdominal migraine
Tricyclic antidepressants and drugs
that block the effects of serotonin have been used in some patients to decrease
frequency of attacks.
Valproic acid (Depakote), an
antiseizure medication, has been used to treat abdominal migraine.
Ergotamine medications, also used for
adults with migraine, are used to treat some childhood variants of migraine.
Low dose aspirin and
beta-blocker medications have been used over the long term in some patients in
an attempt to diminish the frequency of future attacks.
The antihistamine cyproheptadine has
been shown to be effective in some children with migraine variants.
Other aspects of treatment may include the administration of intravenous
fluids if vomiting is severe, and the use of sedatives or antiemetic drugs.
Treatment may also include advice to recognize and avoid triggers, if these
are known. For example, if food triggers have been identified, these should be
avoided, although not all those who experience abdominal migraine have
identifiable food triggers. Stress management and relaxation programs may be of
benefit to some.