Headache: Experience with Large Multicenter Trials in the Treatment of Migraine Attacks

  • P. Tfelt-Hansen
  • K. Seidelin


In this chapter we will discuss experiences with randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in the acute treatment of migraine. With the introduction of the new 5-hydroxytryptamine (5HT)1B/1D receptor agonist sumatriptan [1], the first drug developed specifically for migraine, and recently other triptans, the focus in RCTs in migraine has overwhelmingly been on acute migraine treatment. Only one prophylactic drug, the antiepileptic drug sodium valproate, has been introduced in recent years [2–5]. This chapter is based partly on our personal experience with multicenter RCTs in acute migraine treatment (n = 6) in recent years, partly on what we have perceived as problems in published multicenter RCTs. More systematic reviews on RCTs in migraine therapy are available [5–17].


Cluster Headache Migraine Attack International Headache Society Tolfenamic Acid Large Multicenter Trial 
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