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Which drugs can prevent abdominal migraines in children?

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Some drugs may lessen how severe episodes are or how often a child gets them, including:

  • Cyproheptadine (Periactin), an antihistamine that also helps stomach troubles
  • Propranolol (Inderal), a kind of heart medication called a beta-blocker
  • Valproic acid (Depakene, Depakote), a medicine for seizures and bipolar disorder

SOURCES:

FDA: "Managing migraines."

eMedicineHealth: "Migraine Variants."

The National Migraine Association: "What is abdominal migraine?"

Neurology Channel: "Migraine Headaches."

National Headache Foundation: "Abdominal Migraine."

MedicineNet.com: "Migraine Headaches."

International Headache Society ICHD-II: "Abdominal Migraine Diagnosis."

Scicchitano, B. , published online Aug. 7, 2014. Dovepress

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 12, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA: "Managing migraines."

eMedicineHealth: "Migraine Variants."

The National Migraine Association: "What is abdominal migraine?"

Neurology Channel: "Migraine Headaches."

National Headache Foundation: "Abdominal Migraine."

MedicineNet.com: "Migraine Headaches."

International Headache Society ICHD-II: "Abdominal Migraine Diagnosis."

Scicchitano, B. , published online Aug. 7, 2014. Dovepress

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 12, 2018

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