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Non-opioid treatment more effective for migraine at emergency room

from HealthDay News via United Press International

For people seeking treatment for a migraine in the emergency room, a commonly prescribed opioid called hydromorphone, such as Dilaudid or Exalgo, doesn't seem to work as well as at least one other medication, a new study finds. "People go to U.S. emergency departments 1.2 million times a year with migraine, and the opioid drug hydromorphone is used in 25 percent of these visits, yet there have been no randomized, high-quality studies on its use for acute migraine," said study author Dr. Benjamin Friedman. more

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