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What medicines are available for treating migraines in children?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
A number of medications have been tested and proven effective for treating migraines in children and adolescents. Analgesics and triptans are effective for treating individual headache episodes, although dose adjustments may be needed depending on the child's age and weight. Individual agents that have been effectively used in young people include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), almotriptan (Axert), rizatriptan (Maxalt), sumatriptan (Imitrex), and zolmitriptan (Zomig).

Generally, triptans are administered to children and young adolescents at approximately half the starting adult dose. Teenagers who are close to adult size may need to follow adult dosing recommendations. Orally disintegrating triptans may be particularly useful in children as they don't require fluids to help with swallowing.
The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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