Magnesium Sulfate as an Effective Treatment for Acute Migraine

Noninvasive devices may help migraines
Noninvasive devices may help migraines
Magnesium sulfate is a fast-acting and effective treatment for acute migraine headache, according to a new study.

This study addresses the controversy about the efficacy of currently used treatment modalities to alleviate acute migraine headaches.

Ali Shahrami, MD, of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran, and colleagues, compared the effects of two common migraine treatments, magnesium sulfate and dexamethasone/metoclopramide, on patients suffering from acute migraine headache. 70 patients were split into two equal treatment groups, evaluating pain at baseline. The researchers found that magnesium sulfate was a faster-acting and more effective treatment than dexamethasone/metoclopramide for migraine.

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