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AuthorRobbins, Lawrence D. author
TitleManagement of Headache and Headache Medications [electronic resource] / by Lawrence D. Robbins
ImprintNew York, NY : Springer US, 1994
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Descript XIII, 217 p. online resource


The art of treating headache patients is a complex one, and there are a myriad of medication possibilities. Dr. Robbins has managed to present a clear and practical approach to headache medicines. He brings us through standard first line therapies into more complex "end of the line" mediยญ cation treatments. This book presents a cohesive, single-authored approach that is unique. Illustrative case histories and "Quick Reference Guides" are extremely useful, and Dr. Robbins has inserted thousands of practical tips on headache management, advice that is impossible to find in other sources. Preventive and abortive medication for migraine, tension, and cluster headache are completely discussed. Hormonal aspects, such as treatment of menstrual and menopausal headache, are presented at length. There is an extensive section on children's headaches, and a separate discussion on headache in adolescents. These sections present a very clear and effective approach to headache management in children and adolescents. Dr. Robbins effectively tackles such important subjects as post-traumatic headache, lumbar puncture headache, indomethacin responsive synยญ dromes, and occipital neuralgia. Dr. Lawrence Robbins is one of our top authorities on the manageยญ ment of headache medications. He has contributed greatly through his research and writing on various headache topics. This book will be invaluยญ able for those involved in the treatment of patients with headache. Jerome Goldstein, M.D. Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco. Director, San Francisco Headache Clinic, San Francisco


1. Introduction to Migraine -- Definition and Characteristics of Migraine -- Workup for Migraine -- Factors That May Trigger Migraine -- Pathogenesis of Migraine -- 2. Migraine Abortive Medication -- First Line Abortive Medication -- Second Line Abortive Therapy -- Antiemetic Medication -- 3. Migraine Preventive Medication -- First Line Preventive Medication -- Second Line Preventive Medication -- Third Line Migraine Preventive Medication -- 4. Hormones and Headaches -- Menstrual Migraine -- Headache During Pregnancy -- Headache During Menopause and Post-Hysterectomy -- 5. Migraine Headache Sample Case Studies -- Sample Case History: Severe Migraine With Mild Chronic Daily Headache -- Sample Case History: Severe Chronic Daily Headache -- Sample Case History: Frequent Migraine Plus Severe Chronic Daily Headache and Menstrual Migraine -- Sample Case History: Two Migraines per Month -- Sample Case: Severe Refractive Migraines Plus Chronic Daily Headache -- Sample Case: Analgesic Rebound Headache in a Patient With Severe, Frequent Migraines and Severe Daily Headaches -- 6. Introduction to Tension Headache and Tension Headache Abortive Medication -- Clinical Features of Tension Headache -- Pathophysiology of Tension Headache -- Treatment of Tension Headache -- Abortive Medication -- First Line Abortive Medication -- Second Line Abortive Medication -- 7. Tension Headache Preventive Medication -- First Line Preventive Therapy for CDH -- Second Line CDH Preventive Medication -- Third Line Preventive Therapy for CDH -- 8. Tension Headache Sample Case Studies -- Sample Case #1: Severe CDH and Occasional Migraine -- Sample Case #2: Moderate to Severe CDH, Plus Anxiety and Depression -- 9. Introduction to Cluster Headache and Cluster Headache Abortive Medication -- to Cluster Headache -- Abortive Medications for Cluster Headache -- First Line Cluster Abortive Medication -- Second Line Cluster Abortive Medication -- 10. Cluster Headache Preventive Medication -- Preventive Medication for Episodic Cluster Headache -- First Line Preventive Medication for Episodic Clusters -- Second Line Preventive Medication for Episodic Clusters -- Third Line Preventive Medication for Episodic Clusters -- Preventive Medication for Chronic Cluster Headache -- 11. Cluster Headache Sample Case Studies -- Case #1: 40-year-old Man With Episodic Clusters -- Case #2: 58-year-old Woman With Episodic Clusters -- Case #3: 34-year-old Man With Severe Chronic Cluster Headache -- 12. Headache in Children and Adolescents -- Abortive Medication for Children Less Than 11 Years Old -- Preventive Medication for Migraine and CDH in Children Less Than 11 Years of Age -- Abortive Medication for Adolescents 11 Years and Older -- Preventive Therapy in Adolescents -- 13. Special Headache Topics -- Headache After Age 50 -- Post-traumatic Headache -- Occipital Nerve Injections for Neuralgia and Unilateral Headache Syndromes -- Chronic Paroxysmal Hemicrania (CPH) and Hemicrania Continua -- Exertional and Sexual Headaches -- Lumbar Puncture Headache -- A. References -- B. Drug Identification Guide and Index -- C. Headache Calendar for Patients -- D. Foods to Avoid (For Migraine Patients) -- E. Relaxation Exercises for Headache Patients

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