Journal article

Overuse of opioids for acute migraine in an Australian emergency department.

Lakshini Gunasekera, Hamed Akhlaghi, Christina Sun-Edelstein, John Heywood, Lauren Sanders

Emerg Med Australas | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Acute migraine is associated with significant personal, economic and work-related disability. Management guidelines advise the use of simple analgesia, triptans, chlorpromazine and anti-emetics based on severity, with avoidance of opioids. We aimed to determine consistency of prescribing patterns in our ED with national guidelines. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort analysis of migraine presentations (ICD-10-AM G439) between 2012 and 2016. Exclusion criteria included migraine without headache, other primary headaches and secondary headaches. Demographic and prescribing data were extracted from medical records. Results have been reported as proportions. RESULTS: Of 4769 h..

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