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Inappropriate opioid-abortive therapy for migraines is common in the emergency department

KEY POINT

Approximately one-third of patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with an acute migraine attack were prescribed opioids, a treatment that resulted in worse outcomes compared with patients given standard therapy, according to results of a large cross-sectional study published online in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

SOURCES

Young N, et al. Multicenter prevalence of opioid medication use as abortive therapy in the emergency department treatment of migraine headaches. Am J Emerg Med. 2017;[Epub ahead of print].

American Academy of Neurology. Choosing Wisely. Accessed August 12, 2017.