New guidelines published in the journal Neurology has revealed that though there are a number of effective medications in treating migraines, less than a third of the patients actually use them.
Thomas Jefferson University's Dr Stephen Silberstein, who is the lead author of the new guidelines, said that preventive medications such as seizure drugs and beta blockers may prevent as much as half of the migraines. The guidelines were presented at the American Academy of Neurology meet in New Orleans on Monday.
"Studies show that migraine is underrecognized and undertreated. About 38 percent of people who suffer from migraine could benefit from preventive treatments, but only less than a third of these people currently use them", Dr Silberstein said.